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Jade
post Oct 29 2019, 07:20 PM
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18 voters. 15 songs. 1 winner. Stay tuned as I kick off the results of the Basement Jaxx 'The Singles' rate soon!

In the mean time feel free to speculate. Here is a reminder of the songs:



xx Red Alert
xx Good Luck
xx Romeo
xx Oh My Gosh
xx Bingo Bango
xx Where's Your Head At
xx Rendez-Vu
xx Jump n' Shout
xx Lucky Star
xx Plug It In
xx U Don't Know Me
xx Do Your Thing
xx Jus 1 Kiss
xx Flylife
xx Samba Magic
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post Oct 29 2019, 07:22 PM
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HYPED for this
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post Oct 29 2019, 07:24 PM
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Actually don't really have any idea what would be winning this so interested to see how this plays out. x
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post Oct 29 2019, 07:41 PM
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Ideally it would be right near the bottom but I'll be happy if Where's Your Head At isn't in the top 3
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post Oct 29 2019, 07:58 PM
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Good Luck is the best thing they've sone but think I'm alone with that one biggrin.gif

probably Wheres your head at or Red Alert will win
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post Oct 29 2019, 08:25 PM
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Romeo is my fave of theirs but all of Red Alert, Good Luck, Where's Your Head At & Plug It In would be great winners too!

If I had to predict the winner I'd go for Good Luck. Actually nah, Red Alert.


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post Oct 29 2019, 08:27 PM
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Red Alert, Romeo and Where's Your Head At would be a great top 3 in any order really.
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post Oct 30 2019, 06:24 PM
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15. Lucky Star



Average: 5.83

Highest scores: 10 (Euphorique + lewistgreen), 9 (Tones and Iz)
Lowest scores: 1 (Sleepy Rollo), 2 (dobbo)

Taking home the wooden spoon is 'Lucky Star' from Basement Jaxx's third album 'Kish Kash'. This single features a then 19-year-old Dizzee Rascal and Mona Singh, daughter of Bhangra singer Channi Singh. Basement Jaxx and Dizzee were label-mates at the time, so he was a logical choice of rap feature. The dance duo had been releasing top 40 hits for six years at this point, but Dizzee was very new to it all - scoring his debut chart appearance with 'I Luv U' just months before 'Lucky Star' was released. Basement Jaxx gave 'Lucky Star' the single treatment in 2003 and got to #23 with it in the U.K. chart. They certainly turn up the zaniness with both the production of 'Lucky Star' and its accompanying green-screen heavy video! The hopeful chorus is pretty demanding and in-your-face too. The verses from Dizzee are down-to-Earth and mention tougher times in the past - a particular stand-out lyric for me is "what do you know about hustling for a school meal?". Another memorable element of the song is the quirky effect that's added to Mona Singh's voice towards the end. I don't know about you guys but this was a surprising last place for me! It's all very unpredictable when even 15th place has 10s.
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post Oct 30 2019, 06:32 PM
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That was one of the songs I gave a slightly lower score to so can't complain too much about its placement (there weren't any songs on here that I actually disliked). Not as good as the combination of Basement Jaxx and Dizzee Rascal should be really.
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post Oct 30 2019, 06:40 PM
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Far better than WYHA. Underrated bop
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post Oct 30 2019, 06:53 PM
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Dizzee really just doesn't work on that track at all sadly.
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post Oct 30 2019, 07:07 PM
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Whaaaa that was robbed
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post Oct 30 2019, 09:11 PM
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Definitely a deserved last placer.
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post Oct 30 2019, 09:18 PM
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that was my least fave, good result.
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post Oct 31 2019, 08:17 PM
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14. U Don't Know Me



Average: 6

Highest scores: 10 (Nick F1), 9 (lewistgreen)

Lowest scores: 3 (Sleepy Rollo), 4 (Jester, Jess Glynne + DanG)

Avoiding last place with a nice round average of 6 is 'U Don't Know Me'! It was released as a single from this very 'The Singles' album to help promote it back in 2005. It ultimately charted at #26 in the U.K. Lisa Kekaula takes the reins on lead vocal here. However, there's still another appearance from her to come as she is also the singer on 'Good Luck'. The backing vocalists include Vula Malinga, Daniel Pearce and Shaun Escoffery. 'U Don't Know Me' is one of Basement Jaxx's more rocky offerings for sure - the instrumentation helps an otherwise pretty standard song jump out more. This direction divided critics - with some claiming that this was their weakest single to date. But others loved it. The version on 'The Singles' is mid-tempo, but the sped up 'JaxxHouz' version is the one used for the music video. It's quite an amusing visual as it shows someone dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II participating in wild antics. This of course ties in with the title of the song - that we don't know her behind the scenes.

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'U Don't Know Me' is potentially the weakest track on 'The Singles' for me so I'm fine with this position. I definitely prefer the JaxxHouz version!
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post Oct 31 2019, 08:28 PM
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Not surprised at its position but as I said in my rate I’ve grown quite fond of it especially the original version on the album.
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post Oct 31 2019, 09:47 PM
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Pretty passable song that one.
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post Nov 1 2019, 06:25 PM
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13. Samba Magic



Average: 6.25

Highest scores: 10 (gavindeejay), 9 (Tones and Iz)

Lowest scores: 2 (Sleepy Rollo), 3 (Jester + dobbo)

Also claiming a place in the bottom 3 is 'Samba Magic'! This was Basement Jaxx's first ever single, released back in 1995. Unfortunately it failed to crack the top 40 but they'd only have to wait a couple of years to do so. It acts as the closing track on 'The Singles' and is the longest song on the album. It samples Brazilian artist Airto Moreira's 'Samba de Flora', a song from the 1980s. 'Samba Magic' is largely instrumental and features minimal vocals - quite toned down by Basement Jaxx's standards. But it has a flavour to it that feels distinctively them nevertheless. The biggest standout element to me is the carnival feel to the song which can also be found in 'Bingo Bango'. The electronic production also feels delightfully 90s. They would come so far but the reminder of where they began was a nice way to round off the compilation.

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This probably suffered a bit by being the most unknown song here - it was the only one that multiple people left blank in their rates. Also it was very early days of their career anyway - they'd go on to bigger and better things. Definitely not a Basement Jaxx classic by any means for me but I think I would've liked to see it a couple of spots higher. I can't complain though as I actually expected this to be last - that's why 'Lucky Star' being 15th surprised me!
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post Nov 1 2019, 06:26 PM
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I'd never heard it before entering this rate and wasn't a big fan.
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post Nov 1 2019, 06:59 PM
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The last 2 songs on the album were the only ones that I didn't recognise - 'Samba Magic' was the weaker of the two but still good fun. Expecting 'Flylife' to probably also be out early and to be the first song to drop out that I actually gave a higher score.

'U Don't Know Me' quite easily the weakest on the album for me but still decent.
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