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Rooty Import

4.1 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B00005K9V5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
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1. Romeo
2. Breakaway
3. SFM
4. Kissalude
5. Jus 1 Kiss
6. Broken Dreams
7. I Want U
8. Get Me Off
9. Where's Your Head At
10. Freakalude
11. Crazy Girl
12. Do Your Thing
13. All I Know

Product Description

Since Simon Radcliffe and Felix Burton of Basement Jaxx released the unbelievable Remedy in 1999, house music has experienced a slight identity crisis. But even as trance and Fatboy Slim-style big beat saturate the dance floor, the primal, funky soul of true house that the Jaxx duo know and love clearly reverberates beneath it all. With Rooty, Radcliffe and Burton finish the job they started on Remedy by listening to their instincts, stripping away the gloss, taking some creative risks, and coming up with some of the rawest grooves in recent memory. The first track and single "Romeo" doesn't waste any time, parlaying an irresistible hook and a relentlessly up vibe into the most danceable three and a half minutes of 2001. Frankie Knuckles-era Chicago house and War's deep Latin funk are audible throughout, along with an adventurous production sense; "SFM" packs in a wild kaleidoscope of howls and cross-rhythms while slinking along and rubbing itself on the furniture like a cat in heat. Still, given the level of creative license at work here, the record sometimes misses the mark. Songs like "I Want U" reach for progressive funk, but forget the low bass end that can give a silly, airy song some gravity. But more often that not, the band's decision to eschew beats in favor of dirtier, sexier means of rhythmic expressions pays off. Witness the fat bass line at work in "Get Me Off," as a breathy tease of a lead vocal turns into an outright come-on. Somehow both relentlessly modern and a throwback to simpler, funkier times, Rooty is an effective way to jog the memory should you have forgotten the egg that came before the trance chicken. --Matthew Cooke

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
I saw a song from Remedy in a coke commercial a few years ago and ever since then I've been exploring all the possibilities in electronic music, from Daft Punk to Autechre to Roni Size to whatever. Basement Jaxx always amazes me because they manage to pull so much totally bizarre wackiness into a generally tight and cohesive whole. I mean come on, there are moans and screams and random spoken vocal bits and sirens and funky guitar riffs and it all works. How (...) do they do that? Remedy was cool, just because it was barely more creative than anything else at the time, but Rooty defies expectations by delivering a sound that's not just a skewed take on techno but a totally developed sound in itself.
Most of the songs are good, but like the Amazon review said, sometimes they forget the low end and end up with stuff that sounds weird but doesn't make you want to move your feet. The album races through a LOT of variety, especially with the south of the border flair of broken dreams, the gospel energy and the mind altering spasms of SFM and Crazy Girl. The songs are a lot shorter than they were on Remedy, leaving the album pretty short but massively effective. The only remotely weak link would be I Want U, but it is not bad enough to skip most of the time. (Oh yeah, I must be the only Basement Jaxx fan in the entire world who finds Where's Your Head At pretty annoying). Even the chilled closer, All I Know, is well done.
Besides being assertively unique and having unprecedented diversity, Rooty is one of the most accessible innovations of its kind. If you look at much of the material from a musician's point of view, there is still a lot going on from the aspect of chords and rhythms and integrity to the plethora of genres. Most marginal or good dance producers have only a rudimentary understanding of music, but Basement Jaxx does more than dress up crapy material in wild studio sheen. This is good stuff, even though it can get so silly that it's actually corny.
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By A Customer on Dec 24 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is what the Purple One himself would sound like today if he didn't lose his touch. It almost seems that his creativity has wandered off into Felix Buxton's and Simon Radcliffe's souls because this is pure funky, party music with spontaneous fun. I remember when Prince used to be like that back in the day. Thank God for these guys because we need them, but mostly dance music needs them. Daft Punk are the only other guys who seem to keep dance music alive and eccentric, but most importantly relevant. It really says something about them to still be in demand when the scene is hearing all this music from these "The" bands.
The beginning has the "Basement Jaxx" intro again and melts into Romeo which is Rendez-Vouz pt.2, but still brilliant. Breakaway is pure funk and sounds like Prince went into the studio tripping on acid, had gone mad on the synthesizers and still made something amazing out of it. Buxton & Radcliffe wear the "Sign O' The Times" influence on their sleeves for sure on Rooty. Jus 1 Kiss sounds like the Bee Gees guested on vocals. What makes them so great is their excellent use of guest vocals and blending their music around it. Where's Your Head At is the big hit from the album and a true pumping party classic. All in all, this, Remedy and Kish Kash are on an even par. I couldn't possibly decide which to get first. They're that good.
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Format: Audio CD
Mann, these guys really did there homework, I love this cd. "Broken Dreams" sounds like something off of "Prince's Parade album". "All I know" is nearly a "Prince and the Revolution classic B-side tune! "Crazy Girl, Get me off and SFM are obviously Prince inspired tracks from the 90's period. When I first heard "Romeo" I was like man, now thats what I am talking about! That beat was so tight, and had such a feel good vibe to it! "Just one Kiss" that was a beautiful funky techno fusion song with a dreamy vibe reminisent of "Daft Punks Homework cd". I love these guys they have a lot of soul in their bones! After I heard "Remedy" the 1999 lp's "U can't stop Me" I knew these guys were not the average techno band, they were on some other Stuff. I feel they have alot more diversity and creativity to deliver and I hope it continues. Being that one of their creative forces and inspirations is the undisputed musician Prince, doesn't hurt their craft. This is the cd I have dreamed of Prince making but it looks like he will never deliver. I am glad someone decided to bring back those funky eclectic electronic "Erotic City" sounding grooves back! This is a duo that I feel are a mile stone in techno. Why ? because there sound isn't soley depending on the 1 2 3 4 beat for their formula. They (will) continue to elevate and I can't wait to hear more of what they have to offer to the industry.
(5***** and a quarter) for "Rooty"
For making a Happy, Feel Good and Innovative consistent work!
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Format: Audio CD
House music reached new heights with this album. Inventive, well-crafted and completley infectious tunes fill this album which are crammed full of potential hit singles. The sharp Dance/Pop arrangements of Romeo sees this slide into pure campness (though that is no critisicm), whilst the sharp, underground tones of BreakAway and SFM see the award winning duo hit the heights of inventiveness. The trance-like, almost hypnotic vibes on Just 1 Kiss captures a unique blend of House/pop/electro-funk whilst they make an interesting foray into Acid Jazz on the mesmerising Broken Dreams. The album continues with hot, pulsating dance tunes with the sparse production of I Want U, the rolling Get Me Off and other fabulous cuts with the heavy bassline production of Where Your Head Fit, Crazy Girls, All I Know and Do Your Thing. Quite clearly basement jaxx have produced the best slice of inventive dance music in many years and this album is one well worth having that is defintley amongst their best and most consistent work.
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