Remedy (Basement Jaxx album)

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Remedy
Basement Jaxx - Remedy album cover.jpeg
Studio album by Basement Jaxx
Released 10 May 1999 (1999-05-10)
Recorded 1998
Genre House[1]
Length 57:03
Label XL
Producer
  • Felix Buxton
  • Simon Ratcliffe
Basement Jaxx chronology
Remedy
(1999)
Rooty
(2001)
Singles from Remedy
  1. "Red Alert"
    Released: 19 April 1999
  2. "Rendez-Vu"
    Released: 2 August 1999
  3. "Jump n' Shout"
    Released: 25 October 1999
  4. "Bingo Bango"
    Released: 3 April 2000

Remedy is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo Basement Jaxx, released in May 1999 by record label XL.

The album was very well-received critically, and reached number 4 in the UK albums chart. Four singles were released from the album: "Red Alert", "Rendez-Vu", "Jump n' Shout" and "Bingo Bango".

Background[edit]

Concept[edit]

When Basement Jaxx first rose to stardom, the duo was unsatisfied with the state of dance music, describing it as "linear" and "close-minded". "Most dance music is very shiny and so robotic," Ratcliffe told Rolling Stone. "There's just not much feeling. If we made a record like that, we'd be just like everybody else."[2] Consequently, the title Remedy was chosen as "an antidote" to the "poisons" they saw within dance music. "A lot of it seems quite superficial," Ratcliffe said.[3]

"For me, Remedy was always about togetherness, which is the appeal of house music. You may be black; you may be white; you may be Jew; you may be gentile. It doesn’t matter in our house," Buxton said.[4]

Release[edit]

Remedy was released on 10 May 1999 in the UK and 3 August 1999 in the US, by record label XL. It reached number 4 in the UK Albums Chart.

Four singles were released from the album: "Red Alert" on 19 April, "Rendez-Vu" on 2 August, "Jump n' Shout" on 25 October and "Bingo Bango" on 3 April 2000. "Red Alert" was the first Basement Jaxx single to reach number 1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. "Rendez-Vu" also reached number 1 later in the year, and "Bingo Bango" became their third number 1 single the following year.[citation needed]

In 2014, Ratcliffe revealed that XL was planning to re-release the album with a documentary about that period of their career.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 88/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[7]
Alternative Press 5/5[8]
Entertainment Weekly A[9]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[10]
Melody Maker 4.5/5 stars[11]
NME 9/10[12]
Pitchfork Media 3.5/10[13]
Q 4/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[1]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[15]

Remedy holds a rating of 88 out of 100 on review aggregator website Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim".[6] AllMusic's John Bush called the album "one of the most assured, propulsive full lengths the dance world has seen since Daft Punk's Homework."[7] Marc Weingarten of Entertainment Weekly described Remedy as a "blissful joy ride",[9] while Ted Kessler of NME called it "probably as good a dance album as anyone from these Isles has produced this decade."[12] The Austin Chronicle's Marc Savlov called the album "a top beat assemblage to rival any release this year".[16] Alternative Press wrote: "Somewhere on this album, Basement Jaxx have created a song that you're going to love, no matter what sort of music you listen to [...] the mere existence of Remedy shows hope for modern music's future."[8] Melody Maker wrote that the album "repeatedly, and durably, synthesises those notoriously unstable dance music elements; the dizzying dancefloor rush and the complex, long-lasting emotional hit", calling it "deft and obviously heartfelt" and "truly great."[11] Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk proclaimed the album as "better than [theirs]."[17]

The A.V. Club was less favourable, saying Remedy was "nowhere near as revolutionary as the hype would insinuate", though noting that it does "offer its distinct pleasures."[18] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a two-star honourable mention rating, indicating a "likable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well enjoy", and remarked: "Like so much good house, more fun than reading the newspaper and less fun than advertised."[19]

Remedy was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[20] In 2012, Rolling Stone placed Remedy at number 13 on its list of the 30 Greatest EDM Albums of All-Time.[21]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) {{{extra_column}}} Length
1. "Rendez-Vu"
  • Felix Buxton
  • Simon Ratcliffe
  5:45
2. "Yo-Yo"
  • Buxton
  • Ratcliffe
  4:29
3. "Jump n' Shout"
  • Buxton
  • M. James
  • Ratcliffe
  4:42
4. "U Can't Stop Me"
  • Buxton
  • Ratcliffe
  3:40
5. "Jaxxalude"     0:35
6. "Red Alert"
  • Buxton
  • Ratcliffe
  4:17
7. "Jazzalude"     0:23
8. "Always Be There"
  • Buxton
  • Ratcliffe
  6:24
9. "Sneakalude"     0:11
10. "Same Old Show"  
  • Buxton
  • Ratcliffe
5:55
11. "Bingo Bango"
  • Buxton
  • Ratcliffe
  5:58
12. "Gemilude"     0:47
13. "Stop 4 Love"
  • Buxton
  • Ratcliffe
  4:53
14. "Don't Give Up"
  • Buxton
  • Ratcliffe
  5:15
15. "Being with U"
  • Buxton
  • Ratcliffe
  3:49
Total length: 57:03

Personnel[edit]

  • Felix Buxton – vocals, producer
  • Simon Ratcliffe – various instruments, producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 37
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23] 56
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 71
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[25] 42
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[26] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 32
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Walters, Barry (19 August 1999). "Basement Jaxx: Remedy". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Murray, Nick (August 22, 2014). "Basement Jaxx Turn Up on Energetic, Hopeful New 'Junto'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ McLean, Craig (June 25, 2001). "All right Jaxx". Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ Panisch, Alex (August 26, 2014). "Catching Up With Basement Jaxx". Out. Here Media Inc. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ The Sun staff(s). ""Soon we'll be making music just by thinking it"". The Sun. News Group Newspapers Limited. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Reviews for Remedy by Basement Jaxx". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Bush, John. "Remedy – Basement Jaxx". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Basement Jaxx: Remedy". Alternative Press (134): 92. September 1999. 
  9. ^ a b Weingarten, Marc (20 August 1999). "Remedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Basement Jaxx: Remedy (XL)". The Guardian. 14 May 1999. 
  11. ^ a b "Basement Jaxx: Remedy". Melody Maker: 44. 5 August 1999. 
  12. ^ a b Kessler, Ted (6 May 1999). "Basement Jaxx – Remedy". NME. Archived from the original on 4 October 2000. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  13. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent. "Basement Jaxx: Remedy EP". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Basement Jaxx: Remedy". Q (153). June 1999. 
  15. ^ Gundersen, Edna (31 August 1999). "Basement Jaxx, Remedy". USA Today. Retrieved 30 August 2013. (subscription required (help)). 
  16. ^ Savlov, Marc (10 September 1999). "Basement Jaxx: Remedy". The Austin Chronicle. Archived from the original on 27 December 2002. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  17. ^ Aaron, Charles (September 1999). "Blue Light In The Basement". Spin. 15 (9): 63–64. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  18. ^ Klein, Joshua (19 April 2002). "Basement Jaxx: Remedy". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  19. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Basement Jaxx: Remedy". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  20. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  21. ^ "The 30 Greatest EDM Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "Ultratop.be – Basement Jaxx – Remedy" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Basement Jaxx – Remedy" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  24. ^ "Lescharts.com – Basement Jaxx – Remedy". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  25. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Basement Jaxx – Remedy". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  26. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Basement Jaxx – Remedy". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  27. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Basement Jaxx – Remedy". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  28. ^ "Basement Jaxx | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 14 July 2016.

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