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Basement
Basement
Jaxx are an English electronic music duo consisting of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe. The pair got their name from the regular night club they held in their hometown of Brixton, London, UK.[3] They first rose to popularity in the mid 1990s.[4] As the British Hit Singles & Albums book duly noted "they surfaced from the underground house scene, are regular transatlantic club chart-toppers and won the BRIT Award
BRIT Award
for Best Dance Act in 2002 and 2004".[5]

Contents

1 History

1.1 1992–98: Formation 1.2 1999–2001: Remedy 1.3 2001–2004: Rooty 1.4 2003–05: Kish Kash
Kish Kash
and The Singles 1.5 2006–10: Crazy Itch Radio
Crazy Itch Radio
and Scars 1.6 2011–present: Attack the Block
Attack the Block
and Junto

2 Other projects 3 Musical style 4 Awards and nominations 5 Discography 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] 1992–98: Formation[edit] Since 1992, Ratcliffe has released a few white label records which sold well and gained a lot of attention from the likes of LTJ Bukem and Goldie, enabled him to buy a few electronic musical instruments and set up a basic studio in a friend’s mother’s basement.[6] In 1993, the pair first met in a pub in Clapham, London
London
through a mutual friend. They bonded over an appreciation of New York house music.[6][7] They released their first extended play called EP1 via the British independent record label Wall of Sound, with the help of its founder Mark Jones. The album went on to sell over a thousand copies, with plays from Tony Humphries in New York City, a thing that caught member Ratcliffe "mind-blow[ned]".[6] "Knowing that people you respect are supporting your music is so important in the early days as encouragement to keep going, it means you are doing something right," he said.[6] They then began working with vocalist Corrina Joseph in their first attempts at making "proper songs".[6] One of the collaboration's outputs was "Fly Life". At first, the name of the group they were thinking themselves was "Underground Oasis," however, the idea was scrapped due to a friend of them "who was involved in the music scene" noticing the existence of a similar named rock band that might "get big".[8] Basement
Basement
Jaxx started in Brixton, South London, in 1994, where they held a regular club night called Basement
Basement
Jaxx, which was also held in a variety of venues including The George IV, The Crypt and The Junction. They were joined by DJs including DJ Sneak, Daft Punk, and singer Corrina Joseph. They mutated the night into an equally popular club called Rooty, the namesake of their second album.[9][10] In 1995, "Samba Magic" was picked up for distribution by Virgin Records.[1] In the same year, they moved their studio out of the basement to a place in Camberwell
Camberwell
and started their writing there.[6] Their fourth extended play was named EP3 in an early example of their "trademark eccentricity."[11] In 1997, Basement
Basement
Jaxx was the opening act for Daft Punk's Daftendirektour
Daftendirektour
when Daft Punk
Daft Punk
first came to the UK.[12] Thanks to the success of the single, they ended up signing a record deal with XL.[13] 1999–2001: Remedy[edit] In 1999, the group released their first full-length album, Remedy. Remedy included the single "Red Alert", which was featured in the film Bend It Like Beckham
Bend It Like Beckham
as well as Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
and Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
commercials. Other singles on this album were "Jump N' Shout", "Bingo Bango", and "Rendez-Vu", which is Basement
Basement
Jaxx's highest UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
entry to date at number 4.[14] Basement
Basement
Jaxx also released Jaxx Unreleased, a compilation album of B-sides, remixes, and other assorted material, in 1999. 2000 saw them release Camberwell, another release of new material. 2001–2004: Rooty[edit] Their next album, 2001's Rooty
Rooty
included singles "Romeo", "Jus 1 Kiss", "Where's Your Head At?", "Do Your Thing", and "Get Me Off". The music video for album opener "Romeo" is an homage to the Bollywood
Bollywood
film style. "Where's Your Head At?" became an international hit in 2002, also known for its inclusion on the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider soundtrack. "Do Your Thing" was included in the video game SSX 3. Xxtra Cutz was released shortly after Rooty, containing B-sides from the album's singles. Span Thang
Span Thang
and Junction, two EPs, were released in 2001–2002. Basement
Basement
Jaxx decided to close the Rooty
Rooty
club in May 2001 after it became "too popular."[7] 2003–05: Kish Kash
Kish Kash
and The Singles[edit] In 2003, Basement
Basement
Jaxx released their third full-length album, Kish Kash, which included contributions from Lisa Kekaula (of the Bellrays), Me'shell Ndegeocello, Dizzee Rascal, Totlyn Jackson, JC Chasez, Siouxsie Sioux, and Phoebe. From this album, the tracks "Lucky Star", "Good Luck", and "Plug It In" were released as singles. The track "Good Luck" was re-released in 2004, after exposure from being the theme to BBC's Euro 2004
Euro 2004
coverage, and was also featured in the soundtrack of Just Married
Just Married
and Appleseed, an anime film released in 2004. Kish Kash
Kish Kash
was recognised the following year at the 47th Grammy Awards, winning Buxton and Ratcliffe the inaugural Best Electronic/Dance Album award. Basement
Basement
Jaxx's manager, Andrew Mansi, says Astralwerks chose not to renew its U.S. licensing contract with the duo.[15] The duo produced "Shake It", a song from JC Chasez's Schizophrenic.[16] In 2005, the duo released the number 1 compilation The Singles along with a video collection on DVD, comprising all the singles from their previous three albums, some earlier releases (featured on Atlantic Jaxx Recordings: A Compilation), and two new tracks, "Oh My Gosh" and "U Don't Know Me", which were both released as singles. The Singles ( Special
Special
Edition) was also released, which contained the original compilation along with a bonus disc entitled Bonus Traxx, containing many previously unreleased tracks, as well as remixes of existing Basement
Basement
Jaxx songs. The duo appeared as a headline act on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury Festival
in 2005 when Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
was forced to pull out after being diagnosed with cancer. Basement
Basement
Jaxx played with a live band made up of artists who recorded the album. Drumtech-trained Nathan 'Tugg' Curran was on drums for Glastonbury and has remained a constant performer.[17] 2006–10: Crazy Itch Radio
Crazy Itch Radio
and Scars[edit]

Buxton performing at the LA Weekly Detour Music Festival in 2006.

Their fourth studio album, Crazy Itch Radio, was released on 4 September 2006 in the UK, simultaneously with its first single, "Hush Boy". The album featured guest vocals by Martina Sorbara
Martina Sorbara
(credited as "Martina Bang"), Lily Allen, and Robyn. In 2006, Basement
Basement
Jaxx were also one of the support acts for Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams
on his 'Close Encounters' tour. For Cyndi Lauper's Bring Ya to the Brink
Bring Ya to the Brink
in 2008, they produced and wrote the track "Rocking Chair". They also released a trilogy of EPs of new material, entitled Planet. In 2009, Buxton revealed in a BBC
BBC
Radio 1 broadcast that Basement Jaxx's forthcoming album Scars was completed and being mastered. Buxton stated that the tracks include guest appearances by Yoko Ono, Santigold, Lightspeed Champion, and Yo! Majesty.[18] The band was also interested in getting Grace Jones
Grace Jones
to add vocals to the new album.[19] The album was released in September 2009.[20] The first single "Raindrops" preceded it in June 2009. The band recorded at the Bizspace centre in Coldharbour Lane, in Loughborough Junction.[21] Also in 2009, their album Zephyr was released. In 2010, the duo released the non-album single "Dracula". 2011–present: Attack the Block
Attack the Block
and Junto[edit]

Ratcliffe performing at the 2013 Orange Warsaw Festival.

2011 saw the duo collaborating twice: with Metropole Orkest
Metropole Orkest
in for the live album Basement
Basement
Jaxx vs. Metropole Orkest,[22] and also with Stephen Price for the soundtrack to the 2011 film Attack the Block.[23] In November 2011, Simon revealed the pair were working on a new album – hinting that some tracks were already appearing in their DJ sets.[24] At their first live show for several years at Chiswick House Festival in July 2012, the band performed some new material from their forthcoming album including the song "Diamonds". Possible tracks that were predicted to appear on the album according to Pitchfork include "Make.Believe", "Let's Rock this Road Together", "Back 2 the Wild", "We R Not Alone", "Galactical", "Power 2 The People", "Mermaid of Salinas", "People of Planet Earth" and "What a Difference Your Love Makes".[25][26][27] The band ran a contest through graphic design firm JDO, where the band will use the graphic identity (including the album and single artwork designs) that the winner created for their upcoming album and consequent promotional items.[28] "Back 2 the Wild" was released as a single on 12 April 2013, with an accompanying video co-directed by Matt Maitland and Natalia Stuyk being uploaded to their YouTube account on 16 April, though the single ultimately did not appear on the upcoming album.[29] "What a Difference Your Love Makes" was released as a single on 30 September 2013.[26] The single's accompanying video was released on Vevo
Vevo
on 7 August 2013. It was directed by Damian Weilers and shot in South Africa.[30] On 1 May 2014, Basement
Basement
Jaxx released a new song for the album called "Unicorn" on SoundCloud.[31] On 19 May 2014, Basement
Basement
Jaxx officially announced their seventh album, Junto, which was released on 25 August 2014 through Atlantic Jaxx and PIAS.[32] In July, the duo released the first lead single off the album, "Never Say Never". The music video, directed by Saman Kesh,[33] is about the development of a "twerking" robot that is intended to save humanity from a world without dancing and features the robotic prototype simulation of human buttocks "Shiri" developed by the Japanese scientist Nobuhiro Takahashi.[34] Other projects[edit]

Basement
Basement
Jaxx in 2016

In addition to their own work, Basement
Basement
Jaxx have become in-demand remixers. Their more prominent work includes remixes of "4 My People" by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, "Everyman… Everywoman…" by Yoko Ono, "Like I Love You" by Justin Timberlake, and "She Wants to Move" by N.E.R.D, which was included as a B-side
B-side
on the follow-up single "Maybe." They also collaborated with Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
on unreleased songs for her Damita Jo album.[35] Sophie Ellis-Bextor, as well as The Botz and Garold Marks, have stated they are fans and would like to collaborate with Basement
Basement
Jaxx in the future.[36] The duo were invited to write an exclusive piece of music to accompany a work of art they admired in London's Tate Modern
Tate Modern
museum, Karel Appel's "Hip, Hip, Hoorah!". The work was initially not available for sale, but later appeared on the album Zephyr.[37] In 2007, their track "Close Your Eyes", sung by Linda Lewis, was featured in the Japanese CGI anime movie Vexille. Felix Buxton appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks
Never Mind the Buzzcocks
on 23 September 2013 – the opening episode of Series 27, on Noel Fielding's team.[38] Musical style[edit] In the past, Buxton's father didn't let him watch Top of the Pops
Top of the Pops
and played his children Austrian music and Japanese music instead. "He was always very proud of that we didn't watch Top of the Pops. [...] He thought that made me hungry and want it more," he said.[39] He was a big fan of American house music, which was difficult to get hold of in his hometown at the time. "I used to listen to Choice FM where the legends of the scene could be heard and went to Blackmarket Records
Blackmarket Records
in London’s Soho
Soho
to try and find the sounds I was looking for."[40] Growing up in the Netherlands
Netherlands
due to his father's job as a chemical engineer, Ratcliffe went to an American international school, where he was influenced by American rock music by the likes of Neil Young, Ted Nugent, Deep Purple, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and followed by the Bee Gees, David Bowie
David Bowie
and Gary Numan.[6] Basement
Basement
Jaxx's music has been described variously as house[1] and big beat[41] over the course of their career. Prince's influence has also been found on their music.[42] "I remember when we first came to America, they had to work out which radio stations we could go to," Buxton says. "They said that in a way we were a bit for urban stations, we were a bit for pop stations. They didn’t know where to place us and things were very segregated back then."[40] Awards and nominations[edit] Antville Music Video Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2005 "U Don't Know Me" Best Video Nominated

Brit Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2000 Themselves Best British Dance Act Nominated

Remedy MasterCard British Album Nominated

"Red Alert" Best British Single Nominated

2002 "Where's Your Head At" Best British Video Nominated

Themselves Best British Dance Act Won

2004 Won

MTV Europe Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1999 Themselves Best UK & Ireland Act Nominated

Best Dance Nominated

2001 Nominated

2002 "Where's Your Head At" Best Video Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards Japan

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2002 Themselves Best Dance Nominated

2015 "Back 2 the Wild" Best Collaboration Nominated

Themselves & Team Syachihoko Best Live Performance Won

MVPA Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2002 "Where's Your Head At" Best Directional Debut Won

Popjustice 20 Quid Music Prize

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2005 "Oh My Gosh" Best British Pop Single Nominated

Q Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

1999 Themselves Best New Act Won

2001 "Romeo" Best Video Nominated

UK Music Video Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2014 "Mermaids of Sailnas" Best Pop Video - Budget Nominated

Discography[edit] Main article: Basement
Basement
Jaxx discography

Remedy (1999) Rooty
Rooty
(2001) Kish Kash
Kish Kash
(2003) Crazy Itch Radio
Crazy Itch Radio
(2006) Scars (2009) Zephyr (2009) Junto (2014)

See also[edit]

List of number-one dance hits (United States) List of artists who reached number one on the US dance chart

References[edit]

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Jaxx

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Studio albums

Remedy Rooty Kish Kash Crazy Itch Radio Scars Zephyr Junto

Compilations

Atlantic Jaxx
Atlantic Jaxx
Recordings: A Compilation The Singles The Singles: Part II

Other albums

Attack the Block Basement
Basement
Jaxx vs. Metropole Orkest

Singles

"Fly Life" "Red Alert" "Rendez-Vu" "Jump n' Shout" "Bingo Bango" "Romeo" "Jus 1 Kiss" "Where's Your Head At" "Get Me Off" "Lucky Star" "Good Luck" "Plug It In" "Oh My Gosh" "U Don't Know Me" "Do Your Thing" "Hush Boy" "Take Me Back to Your House" "Raindrops" "Feelings Gone" "Back 2 the Wild" "Never Say Never"

Video releases

The Videos

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