Raindrops (Basement Jaxx song)

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Raindrops single cover.jpg
Single by Basement Jaxx
from the album Scars
Released 22 June 2009
Genre House
Length 4:08 (album version)
3:29 (video version)
Label XL
Producer(s) Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx singles chronology
"Take Me Back to Your House"
"Feelings Gone"

"Raindrops" is a song by British electronic music duo Basement Jaxx. It was released on 22 June 2009 as the first single from their fifth studio album, Scars. The song uses the Auto-Tune effect, while the male vocals for the song come from the group member Felix Buxton.[1]

Music video[edit]

The Jess Holzworth-directed music video for the song made its debut on Channel 4 on June 6, 2009 and it's filmed partly in a kaleidoscope style, featuring women dancing provocatively in colourful feathers, masks, and ferns.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has been highly praised by critics. BBC rated the song whole five stars, describing it as "a slinky, pounding, twinkling, uplifting house juggernaut".[3] Digital Spy gave the song three stars, saying that it is "warm and uplifting as a summer breeze flurrying under your skirt" and "marks a welcome, if slightly cautious, return".[4] PopMatters rated "Raindrops" eight out of ten stars, praising both the video and the song as "deliciously disco-esque".[5] Pitchfork Media also gave the song 8 stars, and described it as "one of their best songs" as well as "unashamedly psychedelic, without losing its disco heart".[6] Metro.co.uk described the single as "an exotic confection laced with rock melodies and a distinctive killer bassline".[7]

Pitchfork later ranked the song at number 24 in their list of the Top 100 Tracks of 2009.[8]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Raindrops"
  2. "Wheel N Stop (feat. Serocee) (Planet 3 version)"
12" vinyl
  1. "Raindrops (Original)"
  2. "Raindrops (Funk Agenda & Paul Thomas Redux)"
No. Title Length
1. "Raindrops (Doorly's Under New Management Remix)"  
2. "Raindrops (Doorly’s Dubstep Remix)"  
3. "Raindrops (Robbie Rivera Club Mix)"  
4. "Raindrops (Robbie Rivera Juicy Dub)"  
5. "Raindrops (Funkagenda & Paul Thomas Re-Dux)"  
6. "Raindrops (Louis La Roche Rework)"  
7. "Raindrops (Joker & Ginz Remix)"  
8. "Raindrops (AN21 & Philip Jensen Remix)"  


"Raindrops" made its debut on the UK Singles Chart on 28 June 2009 at number 21.[citation needed] The song also debuted at number 27 in Ireland, and has since climbed to number 20.[citation needed]

Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 88
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 14
Canadian Hot 100 71
Irish Singles Chart 20
UK Singles Chart 21

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United Kingdom 22 June 2009 XL Recordings
Australia 21 June 2009 XL Recordings
United States 1 September 2009 Ultra Records


  1. ^ Basement Jaxx Tap Yoko Ono, Santigold For 'Scars' Archived 6 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ http://flavorwire.com/40297/too-hot-for-mtv
  3. ^ Fraser McAlpine (20 June 2009). "Basement Jaxx - 'Raindrops'". BBC Online. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  4. ^ David Balls (23 June 2009). "Basement Jaxx: 'Raindrops'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Sarah Zupko (9 June 2009). "Basement Jaxx - "Raindrops" (video)". PopMatters. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Tom Ewing (24 April 2009). "Basement Jaxx: "Raindrops"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Arwa Haider (28 April 2009). "Basement Jaxx back for overdue homecoming". metro.co.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  8. ^ http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/7742-the-top-100-tracks-of-2009/8/?utm_campaign=search&utm_medium=site&utm_source=search-ac

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