Scars' abundance of collaborators doesn't really allow Basement Jaxx to stamp their personality on the music, which is a shame, especially considering its fraught origins However, perhaps this is a little too much to expect from a duo who specialize in maximalist dance floor fillers and whose boundless energy and eclecticism is a form of catharsis in itself. »
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basement jaxx's fifth album, 'scars', is another dance-pop masterpiece. it features a host of special guests including yoko ono, sam sparro, santigold, kelis and chipmunk, and is as innovative in it's sound as it is in its vision. their sound still remains as urgent and as impactful as ever - there's no need for basement jaxx to try and embrace any kind of retro outlook to their music. from the top 20 smash hit summer anthem of 'raindrops' featuring felix's twisted vocals, to the string-drenched, grime-esque title track'scars' and the gorgeous 'my turn' which features lightspeed champion on vocals, basement jaxx deliver an album that outshines any dance act in the uk. other acts appearing on the album include amp fiddler, jose james and yo! majesty.
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