Everybody knows that dance music is in trouble. The DJs are too old, the clubs too lazy, the promoters too greedy and the beats too tired. But everybody also knows that they still want to dance. They just need music that surprises and excites and busts loose from house music’s ever-decreasing circles. Music, in short, like Basement Jaxx’s third album, Kish Kash.
Kish Kash isn’t a traditional dance record but it’s one you can dance to. A riotous collision of classic songwriting and writhing rhythms, it springs from both the electro-punk ferocity of “Where’s Your Head At” and “Get Me Off” and the more reflective moments in Basement Jaxx’s back catalogue, but never the middle ground. Featuring an array of guests, from Dizzee Rascal to Siouxsie Sioux, it demonstrates that Basement Jaxx are so far ahead of the pack they’ve forgotten what the pack looks like.