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is shit. We should start doing a party."
- DJ Frank Tope paraphrasing Felix Burton.
where most of the songs on Basement Jaxx's second full length
album evolved, "Rooty" is the name of an underground
club in Brixton, UK. Started by the Jaxx with some help with some
fellow DJs, "Rooty" was formed as an alternative to
the usual "hip and trendy" nightclubs in Brixton. The
club was looking for more of a youthful vibe, and Rooty
(the album) reflects this image.
On the surface,
Rooty comes off as a pop-laced attempt to please the mainstream,
which is sad to see such talented artists go this route. The lead-in
track "Romeo," is evidence enough. It's like someone
was trying to produce a pop song only somewhere something went
awry and a much more creative and danceable song was conceived.
The Jaxx have manipulated it's hook over Jaxx-ified R&B for
the first successful single from Rooty.
Your Head At?", also featured on the Tomb Raider soundtrack,
has already gained popularity with DJ's, including none other
Slim. A heavy house beat interwoven with a guitar riff from
Gary Numan, "Where's Your Head At" is an adrenaline
dosage for the booty. Meanwhile, the brain doesn't know if it
should dance or head bang.
don't stop there, however. They've included a taste of sex on
the more typical Jaxx house style "Get Me Off," as well
as a little more fun on the gospel jazz oreinted "Do Your
Thing". Between these tracks are selections that invoke the
feeling of being at a carnival.
is meant to deliver thougtless fun, it's not meant to break new
barriers in music. Although not as creative as the dancefloor
burning album Remedy and their previous works (check out
Atlantic Jaxx for that), Rooty still delivers music
to get you dancing.
5. Jus 1 Kiss
6. Broken Dreams
7. I Want U
8. Get Me Off
9. Where's Your Head At?
11. Crazy Girl
12. Do Your Thing
13. All I Know