Basement Jaxx - Scars
Never ones to shy away from roping in a guest star or two, Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe have given over pretty much the entirety of their fifth studio album to friends with a willingness to come round the studio and muck in. While their tendency towards scratchy ADD electro is still evident, the array of singers makes their genre-mashing even more wildly pronounced than usual.
The record features bouncing ska on Santigold’s ‘Saga’, shiny pop from Sam Sparro on ‘Feelings Gone’ and lazy electro-soul on Amp Fiddler’s ‘A Possibility’. Among others featured are Lightspeed Champion, Kelis, Paloma Faith, Yo! Majesty and an impressively diva-ish Yoko Ono, sealing an album that is both wildly different and more of the same all at once.