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Basement Jaxx Goes Pop On Third Set

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Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, who collectively record as Basement Jaxx, know their way around international dancefloors.

The British duo's two albums -- "Remedy" and "Rooty" -- have spawned several No. 1 club hits, including "Where's Your Head At," which also made an appearance on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart last year.

Now, Basement Jaxx -- which has remixed tracks for Justin Timberlake, among others -- has created its most pop-oriented project to date. XL Recordings/Astralwerks issues the twosome's new album, "Kish Kash," Oct. 21.

"If anything, the new album is more classic in feel, more song-based," Ratcliffe explains. "It's more traditional in that respect."

Ratcliffe continues, "It's also a bit more intelligent, which is a very dangerous word to use."

Buxton says he and his musical partner had a strong desire to distance themselves from what people thought Basement Jaxx should be. "We needed to step back, take stock and see where we wanted to go."

Enter a handful of guest vocalists, including Meshell Ndegeocello, 'N Sync's JC Chasez and Siouxsie & the Banshees frontwoman Siouxsie Sioux.

"Kish Kash" also spotlights Dizzee Rascal on lead single "Lucky Star." A 19-year-old London-based U.K. garage/hip-hop artist, Rascal recently won the 2003 Panasonic Mercury Music Prize for his debut album, "Boy in Da Corner."

When Basement Jaxx worked with Rascal, his album was not yet out, Buxton notes. "He was just another Basement Jaxx unknown."

Basement Jaxx will commence a European and North American tour early next year.

Excerpted from the Oct. 18, 2003, issue of Billboard. The full original text of the article is available in the Premium Services section.

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