Basement Jaxx were early dance polyglots in the Nineties, incorporating global sounds into their house and U.K. garage beats. The London duo's ears are as open as ever on their seventh album: Kicking off with a sample from First Nations powwow singers Northern Cree, they cherry-pick a dream team of power divas and U.K.-funky progenitors, sourcing styles that include garage, house, hip-hop, disco – even flamenco ("Mermaid of Salinas") and jungle-seasoned trap (the bonkers "Buffalo," featuring Mykki Blanco). It's a refreshing kick box to a dance scene full of mindless trendhopping: Here are two club vets who actually understand the genres they borrow from.
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From The Archives Issue 1216: August 28, 2014