Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe have proven time and time again that the cream always rises to the top, no matter how deep in the underground it came from.
Basement Jaxx got their name from the regular club night they held in their hometown of Brixton, South London. Their widely popular house music nights were visited by artists like Daft Punk and DJ Sneak. They eventually shifted into a more permanent nightclub called Rooty, after which they named their second album. They’re one of the most highly demanded remixers in the game today, and their tunes have seen more camera time than some Hollywood actors.
Their first album, Remedy, dropped in 1999 and with it came the single “Red Alert,” used in multiple commercials and films. The album boasted a handful of other hits including “Rendez-Vu,” which remains their highest UK-charting single to date at number 4. Rooty released in 2001, featuring “Romeo” and the ever-popular and heavily synced “Where’s Your Head At?”
By 2003, Basement Jaxx was on a serious roll. Their third studio album, Kish Kash, was awarded the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. In 2005, they headlined the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival supported by a live band made up of the studio artists who helped make the album. Following up quick, they released their fourth studio album, Crazy Itch Radio, in 2006 featuring vocals from artists like Lily Allen and Robyn. Zephyr and Scars continued their steady flow of solid LPs in 2009, and both featured the typical array of talented vocalists backing up their energetic dance-pop sound.
Their remix talents have helped shape works by artists from Missy Elliot to Yoko Ono to Justin Timberlake. They were even asked to create a musical accompaniment to a piece of modern art in London’s Tate Modern gallery.
In November of 2011, Basement Jaxx announced that they were working on a new album. Fans lucky enough to have seen them since have probably already heard it.