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Basement Jaxx: House That Jaxx Built

Simon Reynolds, The Wire, May 1999

WITHOUT FANFARE, House has crept forward to become the leading edge of dance culture again — just like it was over a decade ago. It's managed to sidestep the grim purist rut that's ensnared much minimal Techno and drum 'n' bass; rather than getting paranoid about stylistic contamination, contemporary House is pragmatically open to outside influence. Slyly, it assimilates rhythmatic and texturological tricks from overtly experimental forms of electronica, then resituates them in a juicier pleasure-principled context. The music of South London duo Basement Jaxx is so promiscuously impurist it should really be dubbed The Genre Formerly Known As House.

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