Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Basement Jaxx - Crazy Itch Radio
Basement Jaxx, "Take Me Back To Your House"
Basement Jaxx, "Run 4 Cover"
It seems like radio is the new thing for 2006, as Basement Jaxx follows Bob Dylan with a look at the medium. BTW, check the comments to the most recent Theme Time Radio post, as there are two really intelligent comments, and I would love for others to respond as well. Issues like community, nihilism and nostalgia are discussed, great stuff.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same about this new release by the legendary UK producer duo. Crazy Itch Radio is the newest release by the dance legends, and while it shows the boys mellowing a bit, that maturity does not translate into any classic songs or a very consistent album. Almost all of their releases adhered to the concept of throwing everything at a listener, a runaway locomotive kinda sound where they sorta blew you away. When it works, it's perfect. Unfortunately, it also means that the music doesn't have the staying power, lacking any subtlety to make one go back.
This album does try to knock you out, but it just doesn't really do it for me. At all. There's nothing on here that comes close to "Romeo" or "Where's Your Head At?" While the songs aren't too busy, they are still predominately upbeat tracks with female vocals, stuff they've always done. There's been some talk about the tracks that new instrumentation like a banjo, but it just comes across as a novelty to me. I don't know, I'm gonna give this a few more spins, but it has been a big disappointment so far. Cop your copy and let us know what you think.
-LA continues to run things this week (although I'm hearing about some bullshit guestlist stuff last night, that elitist shit does not go over well here at Pound for Pound, do better LA), as tonight MSTRKRFT and Justice destroy that city
-My bol Project Matt spins at Home Sweet Home's costume party, must wear one!!!, two hour open bar should make it well worth it
-Hiro Ballroom with Aaron Lacrate and DJ Afro or Cake Shop's Halloween party where my girl JK will be holding it down for the NYC kids
-Party with the Soul Travelers at one of the most amazing spots in Philly, XIX
-Happy Halloween everybody, hope that you have a great night dressing up and eating candy and dancing! Thanks for all the great responses to my question about music uploads, keep'em coming as I'll leave that sticky up for a few more hours. Then, a sticky for CMJ and one for Making Time this Friday night!!!!!!!!