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Rooty album cover
Studio album by Basement Jaxx
Released 26 June 2001 (2001-06-26)
Genre Progressive house, leftfield, UK garage, big beat
Length 42:43
Label XL (UK)
Astralwerks (US)
Producer Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe
Basement Jaxx chronology
Jaxx Unreleased
Xxtra Cutz
Singles from Rooty
  1. "Romeo"
    Released: 4 June 2001
  2. "Jus 1 Kiss"
    Released: 24 September 2001
  3. "Where's Your Head At"
    Released: 26 November 2001
  4. "Get Me Off"
    Released: 16 June 2002
  5. "Do Your Thing"
    Released: 2 December 2003 (Australia only)

Rooty is the second studio album by English electronic dance music duo Basement Jaxx. It was released on 26 June 2001 on XL and Astralwerks in the UK and US respectively. The singles released from the album were "Romeo", "Jus 1 Kiss", "Where's Your Head At", and "Get Me Off". "Do Your Thing" was also released as a single in Australia in 2003, and in the UK in 2005, after the release of their compilation album The Singles.

The name is taken from Basement Jaxx's regular club event held at a small bar in Brixton. The cover art features Snowflake, the world's only known albino gorilla.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, except as indicated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Romeo"     3:36
2. "Breakaway"     3:22
3. "S.F.M."     2:39
4. "Kissalude"   Buxton, Ratcliffe, and Alma Duah 0:20
5. "Jus 1 Kiss"     4:24
6. "Broken Dreams"     3:07
7. "I Want U"     3:26
8. "Get Me Off"     4:49
9. "Where's Your Head At"     4:43
10. "Freakalude"     0:29
11. "Crazy Girl"     3:20
12. "Do Your Thing" (featuring Elliot May)   4:41
13. "All I Know"     3:47
Total length:

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Entertainment Weekly A−[5]
Mixmag 5/5 stars[6]
NME 8/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 3.8/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin 8/10[11]

Rooty was well-received critically. Allmusic gave it 5 out of 5 stars, calling it "so raw you can't believe they spent over an hour per track, so perfect you're glad they stopped noodling about long before most producers would, and so poppy they should get picked up by commercial radio in America as well as the rest of the world".[2] Entertainment Weekly gave it an A- grade and called the album "where heart and feet meet and lovingly coexist".[5] Billboard said the album "revels in exploiting rhythms that shouldn't work—but definitely do".[12] PopMatters' review was mixed, calling the album "either a brilliantly innovative record, or an unlistenable mess, depending on your point of view".[13]

Pitchfork Media's initial opinion on the album, however, was very negative. While calling band members Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe "two of the weirdest, most innovative and talented house producers on the scene", the website's wrote that "[Basement Jaxx] have taken kitsch too far", noting that the music is "often so tacky that it's impossible to stomach."[8] However, Pitchfork would later name Rooty the 33rd best album of the 2000s.[14]

Q listed Rooty as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[15]


  • Felix Buxton – vocals and production
  • Simon Ratcliffe – production and various instruments


  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for Rooty". Metacritic. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b John Bush. "Rooty - Basement Jaxx". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Blender: 104. June–July 2001.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  5. ^ a b David Browne (29 June 2001). "Rooty Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Mixmag (6/01, p.177) - 5 out of 5 - "...Stealing the lead back from Daft house music to pop, and punching through house's over-glossy current incarnation with the kind of edge that living in south London cannot fail to provide..."
  7. ^ NME (Magazine) (6/23/01, p.38) - 8 out of 10 - "...Breathtaking...As a manifesto fir unity, ROOTY is unbeatable..."
  8. ^ a b Malcolm Seymour III (18 September 2001). "Basement Jaxx: Rooty". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Q (8/01, p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A hugely engaging follow-up to REMEDY....another brilliantly messy blueprint for UK dance music..."
  10. ^ Pat Blashill (11 June 2001). "Basement Jaxx: Rooty : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Spin: 127. August 2001.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Basement Jaxx: Rooty". Billboard. 7 July 2001. Archived from the original on 3 July 2001. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Andy Hermann. "Basement Jaxx: Rooty". PopMatters. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 50-21". Pitchfork. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Best 50 Albums of 2001". Q. December 2001. pp. 60–65. 

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