Kish Kash

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Kish Kash
Studio album by Basement Jaxx
Released 20 October 2003
Recorded March 2002 – July 2003
Genre Electronica
Length 50:35
Label XL, Astralwerks
Producer Simon Ratcliffe, Felix Buxton, Meshell Ndegeocello
Basement Jaxx chronology
Rooty
(2001)
Kish Kash
(2003)
Basement Jaxx: The Singles
(2005)
Singles from Kish Kash
  1. "Lucky Star"
    Released: November 2003
  2. "Good Luck"
    Released: January 2004
  3. "Plug It In"
    Released: 4 April 2004

Kish Kash is the third studio album by British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx. It reached number 17 on the UK Albums Chart and won the Grammy Award for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album the first time it was awarded in 2005.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Good Luck" (featuring Lisa Kekaula) 4:42
2. "Right Here's the Spot" (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello) 4:24
3. "Benjilude"   0:09
4. "Lucky Star" (featuring Dizzee Rascal) 4:31
5. "Petrilude"   0:10
6. "Supersonic" (featuring Totlyn Jackson) 5:23
7. "Plug It In" (featuring JC Chasez) 4:51
8. "Cosmolude"   0:54
9. "If I Ever Recover"   3:22
10. "Cish Cash" (featuring Siouxsie Sioux) 4:18
11. "Tonight" (featuring Phoebe) 4:02
12. "Hot 'n Cold"   4:00
13. "Living Room"   2:25
14. "Feels Like Home" (featuring Meshell Ndegeocello) 7:26
Total length:
50:45

Singles[edit]

The first single released from the album was "Lucky Star" in November 2003. It reached number 23 in the UK charts.[3] The single marked Basement Jaxx's return after a two year break. The single featured Mercury Music Prize-winning artist Dizzee Rascal and British Bhangra vocalist Mona Singh on the chorus.[4]

"Good Luck" was released in January 2004 and debuted at number 12 in the UK.[5] The lead vocals were sung by Lisa Kekaula, lead singer of US band The Bellrays. "Good Luck" was re-released in July, due to exposure on the BBC coverage of the Euro 2004 television campaign. It reached number 14 that time around. The song also appeared on the anime film Appleseed.

"Plug It In", the third single from the album, was released on 4 April 2004 and debuted at number 22.[6] It featured 'N Sync member JC Chasez (credited as 'J.C. Chasez').

A music video which didn't feature Siouxsie Sioux was also made for "Cish Cash", though it was not released as a single.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100 [7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [8]
Entertainment Weekly A− [9]
Stylus Magazine Bloch − A[10]
Stylus Magazine Southall − B−[11]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[12]
Pitchfork Media 9.1/10[13]
Q 4/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[15]
Blender 4/5 stars[16]
Uncut 4.5/5 stars[17]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[18]
Under the Radar 8/10 stars[19]

Metacritic gave the album a score of 85 out of 100 based on "universal acclaim".[7] Pitchfork Media gave it a score of 9.1 out of 10, calling it "the most propulsive, ferocious music of the year as well as some of the most poignant."[13] Entertainment Weekly called it "the richest and most fervent music the Jaxx have ever made".[9] PopMatters called it "their best sustained effort so far."[18] The A.V. Club called it "an album that sets the bar for density and imagination almost unreasonably high."[20] Blender called it "their most violently inventive album yet."[16]

NME, on the other hand, gave it a score of 6 out of 10 and called it "a naggingly problematic record" with "a void at its heart that no amount of cool celebrity mates can conceal."[21] Allmusic, whilst giving it a very positive review and calling it perhaps the best dance record of 2003, wrote that it was "the least imaginative record Basement Jaxx have ever released."[8]

Credits and personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2004 Dance Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 18 Apr 2012. 
  2. ^ "Basement Jaxx – Kish Kash (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "2003-11-22 Top 40 UK Singles chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 Apr 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sexy & Successful 2011 - Mona Singh". Anokhi Magazine. Retrieved 19 Apr 2012. 
  5. ^ "2004-01-17 Top 40 UK Singles chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 Apr 2012. 
  6. ^ "2004-04-10 Top 40 UK Singles chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 Apr 2012. 
  7. ^ a b http://www.metacritic.com/music/kish-kash
  8. ^ a b John Bush. "Kish Kash - Basement Jaxx". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  9. ^ a b David Browne (24 October 2003). "Kish Kash Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Sam Bloch (21 October 2003) http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=1412
  11. ^ Nick Southall (21 October 2003) http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=1413
  12. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Basement+Jaxx
  13. ^ a b Scott Plagenhoef (21 October 2003). "Basement Jaxx: Kish Kash". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Q (November 2003): 106. 
  15. ^ Ernest Hardy (22 October 2003). "Basement Jaxx: Kish Kash : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 10 November 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  16. ^ a b Blender (November 2003): 109. 
  17. ^ Uncut (December 2003): 122. 
  18. ^ a b John Davidson (19 November 2003). "Basement Jaxx: Kish Kash". PopMatters. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  19. ^ A kaleidoscopic dance record that borrows a bit from Remedy and Rooty but... has a labyrinthine identity all its own. [#5, p.98]
  20. ^ Andy Battaglia (21 October 2003). "Kish Kash". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  21. ^ Stephen Dalton (24 October 2003). "Basement Jaxx : Kish Kash". NME. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 

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