Kish Kash

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Kish Kash
Studio album by Basement Jaxx
Released 20 October 2003
Recorded March 2002 – July 2003
Genre Dance-pop, house
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 English electronic dance music duo Basement Jaxx, released in October 2003 by record labels XL and Astralwerks.

Release[edit]

Kish Kash was released on 20 October 2003 by record labels XL and Astralwerks. It reached number 17 on the UK Albums Chart.[1] It later won the Grammy Award for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album the first time it was awarded in 2005.[2]

Singles[edit]

The first single released from the album was "Lucky Star" in November 2003. It reached number 23 in the UK charts.[1] 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.[3]

"Good Luck" was released in January 2004 and debuted at number 12 in the UK.[1] 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.[1]

"Plug It In", the third and final single from the album, was released on 4 April 2004 and debuted at number 22.[1] 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [5]
Entertainment Weekly A− [6]
Stylus Magazine Bloch − A[7]
Stylus Magazine Southall − B−[8]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Pitchfork Media 9.1/10[10]
Q 4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[12]
Blender 4/5 stars[13]
Uncut 4.5/5 stars[14]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[15]
Under the Radar 8/10 stars[16]

Metacritic gave the album a score of 85 out of 100 based on "universal acclaim".[4] 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."[10] Entertainment Weekly called it "the richest and most fervent music the Jaxx have ever made".[6] PopMatters called it "their best sustained effort so far."[15] The A.V. Club called it "an album that sets the bar for density and imagination almost unreasonably high."[17] Blender called it "their most violently inventive album yet."[13]

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."[18] 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."[5]

Track listing[edit]

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

Credits and personnel[edit]

Basement Jaxx
Additional personnel
  • Allonymous – vocals
  • Natasha Awuku – background vocals
  • Basil – percussion
  • Joe Benjamin – vocals
  • JC Chasez – vocals
  • Cherokee – backing vocals
  • Nathan "Tugg" Curran – drums
  • Dizzee Rascal – vocals
  • Sharlene Hector – choral vocals, backing vocals
  • Cotlyn Jackson – vocals
  • Totlyn Jackson – vocals
  • Simeon Jones – harmonica
  • Lisa Kekaula – vocals
  • Francine Kufonji – backing vocals
  • Kele Le Roc – backing vocals
  • Phil Lee – assistance
  • Xenia Lewis – vocals
  • The London Session Orchestra – strings
  • Will Malone – string arrangements and conduction
  • Meshell Ndegeocello – bass guitar, production, vocals
  • Phoebe – vocals
  • Mandy Senior – backing vocals
  • Siouxsie Sioux – vocals
  • Nadia Cielto Steele – backing vocals
  • Ty – backing vocals
  • Cassie Watson – backing vocals
  • Gavyn Wright – string conduction
  • Jason Anthoney Wright – backing vocals
Technical personnel
  • Mike Marsh – mastering
  • Sue Amaradivakara – sleeve illustrations

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Basement Jaxx | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Past Winners Search". Grammy.com. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Sexy & Successful 2011 – Mona Singh". Anokhi Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.metacritic.com/music/kish-kash
  5. ^ a b John Bush. "Kish Kash - Basement Jaxx". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b David Browne (24 October 2003). "Kish Kash Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Sam Bloch (21 October 2003) http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=1412
  8. ^ Nick Southall (21 October 2003) http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=1413
  9. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Basement+Jaxx
  10. ^ a b Scott Plagenhoef (21 October 2003). "Basement Jaxx: Kish Kash". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  11. ^ Q (November 2003): 106.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ a b Blender (November 2003): 109.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Uncut (December 2003): 122.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ a b John Davidson (19 November 2003). "Basement Jaxx: Kish Kash". PopMatters. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  16. ^ A kaleidoscopic dance record that borrows a bit from Remedy and Rooty but... has a labyrinthine identity all its own. [#5, p.98]
  17. ^ Andy Battaglia (21 October 2003). "Kish Kash". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  18. ^ Stephen Dalton (24 October 2003). "Basement Jaxx : Kish Kash". NME. Retrieved 18 September 2011.