Much of this is done with obvious glances backward. There's the faux Prince of "Freakalude" and the pseudo-gospel of "Do Your Thing," but more central to the concept is the retro feel of the album. Some of it is downright primitive by today's standards (synth beeps are glaringly prevalent), but not quite as forced as the aforementioned pair of tunes. "Where's Your Head At," in fact, is a vigorous show of club control. Rooty, though, is mostly about soul -- the essence within Buston and Ratcliffe and the sticky R&B within the disc's grooves. Nothing is as immediately grabbing as Remedy's "Rendez-Vu" or even "Red Alert," and the album eventually wears itself down with its mainstream-minded aggressiveness. Basement Jaxx aims to lift techno purism out of the basement, but you'll never confuse its club jams with those of, say, Sisqo. This is still disco music for clubbers who have no aversion to the term.
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