Opener "Good Luck"--featuring the Bellrays' Lisa Kekaula--is classic Motown juxtaposed with contemporary rock, punk and disco-house. It works well, but despite the signature heavy bass and drums, it lends itself to attentive listening rather than outright dance-floor mayhem. "Lucky Star", the lead single with labelmate Dizzee Rascal, is an urban monster in a similar vein to "Jump and Shout", mixing their style with Dizzee's and setting it to a Middle Eastern melody. It would fit comfortably at a hip-hop, breaks or UK garage night.
The title track, with its vocal from Siouxsie Sioux, is heavily influenced by punk, and the overwhelming energy carries it convincingly as a dance-rock crossover. "Plug It In", the collaboration with JC Chasez (Justin "too busy or expensive" Timberlake's former bandmate), is unquestionably Kish Kash's party anthem. The solid rhythm section, rock guitars and anthemic chorus add up to classic Basement Jaxx, a definite crowd-pleaser with enough clever ideas to keep it just left of centre. In complete contrast is the album's only genuine low point, the drippy homage to Robert Owens that is "If I Ever Recover", best summarised as the ideal soundtrack to holiday programmes for years to follow.
It's unlikely that Kish Kash will be considered Jaxx's best album, but it is their biggest departure yet. Their dark, experimental side has been brought to the fore, but you can't help feeling that with a bit of tweaking, it could have been incredible. --David Trueman
But for me, this album's much more of a grower than the previous two – I couldn't get into it for several listens. Some songs grab you straight away ('Right here’s The Spot', 'Lucky Star' and 'Plug It In') but others just sound like crazy random noise (esp. 'Supersonic', 'Tonight' and 'Living Room'). For this reason, I couldn’t make my mind up.
After a few listens, however, I was hooked and I now love this album to pieces!
The first few tracks give a great start to the album and ‘Good Luck’ will makes a great single. But then 'Supersonic' is a slight departure, although it picks up towards the end. 'Plug It In' is amazing, but leads on to the weakest track of the album, 'If I Ever Recover' – it’s just too slow! Don't worry though, as its only 3 minutes long and creates great contrast with the next song, 'Cish Cash'. This leads on to the end section which is very cool, esp. 'Hot 'N Cold' and 'Living Room'.
All in all, 'Kish Kash' is an amazingly cool fusion of funk, rock and house with some pumping tracks that'll be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Great grooves, top vocals and beats you MUST crank up the volume to fully appreciate.
Give it time, it will pay off.
Good Luck (Feat Lisa Kekaula), opens up the album, the song is uplifting and has a Gloria Gaynor I will Survive type of vibe to it but with bigger beats and with a Basement Jaxx twist to it. Right Heres The Spot (Feat Ndegocello), this song almost has a neptune vibe to it. Lucky Star features MOBO nominee Dizee Rascal all the tracks have heavy bass and this one doesn't disappointment. Plug It In (Feat JC Chasez) this track wouldn't look out of place on a daft punk album definitely one which many will be singing along to.
The album really heats up with tracks like Cish Cash (Feat Siouxsie Sioux) this track is awesome with a phatt rolling bassline. Hot N Cold, is another fast paced track with a big beat type vibe to it.
The album doesn't disappoint on some of the more mellower tracks such as If I Ever Recover and Tonight (Feat Phoebe) which sounds like something Moby would come up with.
Basement Jaxx are pushing the sound forward and what they've come up with is totally awesome. Definitely worth buying well before your mates tell you how good it is. There's too many good tracks to pass it up.
If I have sounded a little moderate on my praise so far I have to make an exception for the track Plug It In. This tune is just SO. DAMN. GOOD. I challenge anyone who has even the slightest appreciation for dance music not to love this tune. If you claim not to like it then you're lying, or deaf.
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