Ten years since they burst onto the music scene armed with hyperactively genre-hopping debut album Remedy and a carnival-like live act, are dusting down their turntables for a prolonged spell on the live scene this summer. DJs Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe met in 1994 over an obscure Masters at Work record in Brixton, where they eventually went on to run club night Rooty.
‘Choosing the name Basement Jaxx [Simon had a studio in a basement and the music jacked], their initial ambitions were humble: to put on great parties and produce records which emulated their heroes on the US house scene,’ says a ‘Jaxxpert’. That paved the way for musical calling card ‘Red Alert’, which hit the mainstream and blew the cobwebs out of the more elitist corners of house music.
They cemented their position as one of the UK’s top dance music acts both with ultra-catchy single ‘Romeo’ and the work of unforgettable simian malevolence that is the video for ‘Where’s Your Head At’. Now with four studio albums under their belt, and rumours circulating that they are about to record new material with Yoko Ono and Cyndi Lauper, their roster of collaborators shows both an eye for up-and-coming talent (Dizzee Rascal), a nod to musical heroes (Siouxie Sioux) and the, erm, harder to explain (JC Chasez of *NSYNC).
Their live shows feature guest vocalists vying for space onstage with bejewelled carnival dancers; their mesmerising live appeal dates back to before they hit the big time when, at a convention for DJs, their fellow record-spinners stood in awe watching them at work.
O2 Academy, Glasgow, Fri 25 Apr. Basement Jaxx also play Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Sat 5 May.