WORDS BY COLIN SNYDER
When Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe came together in Brixton, South London in 1999 to create the duo BASEMENT JAXX, one of house music’s most popular brands was born. Having racked up a whopping seven studio albums including “Rooty” (2001) which featured the worldwide hit and everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure “Where’s Your Head At?”, the two started their own record company Atlantic Jaxx and pumped out commercial remixes for Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson.
Despite not doing a whole lot that’s been up CTC’s alley of late, we’re particularly enamoured with the BJ’s new EP “Never Say Never”, and it’s slew of stellar remixes by Mark Knight, Got Some and Wayward.
The original production features the gifted London based singer ETML, who adds a positive, upbeat vocal to the track’s flawless instrumentation. Toolroom Knights label boss, Mark Knight gives his remix a padded, progressive feel, reworking the vocals with notable sonic flair. Got Some’s remix moves in to deeper water; the perfect cut for a festival set. Finally, the Wayward rework is a little more melodic and percussive – kicking the track back to the uplifting feel of the original.
Basement Jaxx’s forthcoming album “Junto” is set to drop August 25th via Atlantix Jaxx/PIAS. You can also catch them on the 11th of Dec at London’s O2 arena. Watch Basement Jaxx’s just released (and slightly bazaar) video for Never Say Never below.