Brimming over with inspiration these days, Basement Jaxx masterminds Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe have delivered delicious sonic diversity with their sophomore set.

Brimming over with inspiration these days, Basement Jaxx masterminds Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe have delivered delicious sonic diversity with their sophomore set. Titled after the British duo's underground parties in London, Rooty revels in exploiting rhythmic combinations that shouldn't work—but definitely do. While the pair accomplished this feat on its debut, Remedy, here, the mix is decidedly more brazen. Such tracks as "Get Me Off" and the Gary Numan-sampling "Where's Your Head At" are as punky as they are funky. The Chic-shaded "Jus 1 Kiss" and the Earth Wind & Fire-spackled "Breakaway" recall the early days of disco and Prince, respectively. The lead single, the Kele Le Roc-fronted "Romeo," is the type of fiery, sassy track that deserves heavy radio rotation. The rousing gospel-toned throwdown "Do Your Thing" closes the set on a most incredibly buoyant high. Jump and shout, indeed.—MP

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