13. Basement Jaxx, 'Remedy' (Astralwerks, 1999)
By the end of the Nineties, dance music had spawned a comical number of sub-genre spin offs. (Dark Wave, anyone? Sure, only if you mix it with some sweet laptronica.) Which is why the debut album from London DJ-producers Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe caused such a stir. Remedy returned to the simple, sensual pleasures of the Paradise Garage and early Chicago house while pushing those classic sounds in new, often dirtier, directions (they called it "punk garage") – from the vocoder-driven "Yo Yo" to "Same Old Show," which threaded a sample of Seventies ska revivalists the Selector over a sumptuously punching beat, to the sweat-caked euphoric of "Red Alert," in which a diva informs us, "Ain't nothin' goin' on but history." And the sound of moving it ahead a step.
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