Saturday Afternoon Artist: Basement Jaxx

Basement Jaxx

Electronic music first became popular in the 1950’s. Science fiction soundtracks to films like 1956’s Forbidden Planet brought computerized music into the culture and also served as a means of escape from everyday life. More than five decades later bands like Basement Jaxx have upgraded our rocket to the fantasy world.  Morphing symphonic live instruments and samples with electronic beats and loops, and adding a pulse that goes deeper than the rhythm.  Adding live musicians and real lyrics, people singing their hearts out.   Their latest album, Scars, mixes classical music, R&B and dance beats in the title track. It really sounds like nothing else.

Simon Ratcliff and Felix Buxton have been creating body-moving tracks together since 1994.  Ratcliff came from a genre called “deep Latin funk” and Buxton spun “Chicago house.”  After meeting at a Thames riverboat party, the London duo started composing. They dropped several club anthems in the mid-90s, like “Flylife” and “Samba Magic”, which solidified their place in the scene. But it wasn’t until the 2003 album Kish Kash that they entered the pop stratosphere.  Songs like “Good Luck” and “Plug It In” took the dance floor home to the masses.

I dare you not to dance to the 3-in-a-row from Basement Jaxx I play on the show this week…

Michele Myers spins for KEXP and also for WNYE in New York City 6-9am Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  For every show she uses mood lights and a strobe.  Feel the vibe this Saturday 3-6pm on KEXP 90.3 FM, kexp.org worldwide.

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