Basement Jaxx - Scars
Label: XL Recordings
Format: 2x Vinyl, LP
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 21 Sep 2009
Style: House, Downtempo
A1 Scars 4:23
A2 Raindrops 4:17
A3 She's No Good 3:33
A4 Saga 2:49
B1 Feelings Gone 3:50
B2 My Turn 5:00
B3 A Possibillity 2:53
C1 Twerk 3:38
C2 Day Of The Sunflowers (We March On) 6:07
C3 What's A Girl Gotta Do 4:12
D1 Stay Close 3:08
D2 Distractionz 5:11
D3 Gimme Somethin' True 5:38
Basement Jaxx has been pretty good about putting out an album every couple years and one would think they would eventually run low on ideas. Fortunately, the Jaxx are still going strong. In fact, I would rank "Scars" up there with their finest work.
They retain their trademark style - a dense collage of tiny samples, massive house beats, all in a candy shell of amazing pop sensibilities.
There are many high points on the album, but the most obvious is their first single, "Raindrops." Much like "Hush Boy," and "Good Luck," it starts the album off with a bang.
Technically, the song "Scars" precedes it, but I think the album actually starts with "Raindrops." Scars is a slightly misguided attempt to say "Hey - We're still relevant" by imitating the classic Timbaland production style.
Along the way, we get an incredible variety including a blues ("She's No Good"), and a guest appearance by none other than Yoko Ono ("Day of the Sunflowers (We March On"). This is one of those albums that keeps you guessing from track to track, and yet it holds together very well.
One of the major strengths, in my opinion, is the inclusion of some more mellow tracks. One of my issues with "Kish Kash" was that everything was so hectic and busy that it was fatiguing if I tried to listen from start to finish. On "Scars," the pacing is such that you could listen to the album twice through on repeat without getting tired.
Overall, it's a very consistent and pleasing album. Once again, the Basement Jaxx give us an excellent album that is, above all, fun. If you're a fan of the Jaxx, you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended!
Basement Jaxx - Scars (ft. Meleka, Kelis & Chipmunk) - Video by Jan van Nuenen
top tune, top act. love it
Basement Jaxx feat. Sam Sparro - Feelings Gone
this song is awesome, great collaboration
Basement Jaxx ft. Santigold 'Saga'
Damn Im really feeling this, its so cool. Love the beginning of the song