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Video of the Moment #1707: Basement Jaxx (feat. Shakka)

 
By on Thursday, 18th December 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Fresh off a sold out gig at London O2 last Thursday, electronic dance heroes Basement Jaxx have a new promo video taken from their album ‘Junto’, which came out in August. The visual for ‘Rock This Road’ features singer Shakka looking through a giant, all-seeing omniscient paper eyeball and holding court in some faraway high-tech galaxy (complete with harem, I might add), while mere mortals are zapped from the heavens above into dancing submission. Right… Watch it below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ohiqLSWWJE[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1606: Basement Jaxx

 
By on Wednesday, 20th August 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Basement Jaxx are readying to release their next album ‘Junto’ next Monday, the 25th of August, on Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS. Last week, they unveiled the video for ‘Galactical’, directed by Hadaya Turner and featuring Japanese dance troupe Wrecking Crew Orchestra.

The tribal percussive beats and wails by Jaxx family member Vula seem to be at odds with the trippy light show-enhanced promo, but somehow it all works, making you feel like you’re watching some space age lost people expressing themselves in time to the music, somewhere in the far reaches of the universe. Watch it below. The song will appear on the special edition of the new LP.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJDw4tB78ug[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1582: Basement Jaxx

 
By on Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Basement Jaxx have collaborated with ETML for disco-ey track ‘Never Say Never’. It’s a fantastic song but it’s got a very silly video. If prosthetics built to encourage the masses to dance turns you off, look away now. (Naturally, in this futuristic video, it’s the Japanese who are building these. Haha.) Otherwise, watch the promo below.

‘Junto’, Basement Jaxx’s next album, is out on the 25th of August on Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0eS3zC3Jco[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1527: Basement Jaxx

 
By on Tuesday, 27th May 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

All hail the return of Basement Jaxx. The song title ‘Unicorn’ might sound pretty silly – and admittedly, the promo video below is pretty silly! – but the title should not detract from the sunny house beats ready to usher in the summer. Watch the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUXnwE-BJlQ[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1287: Basement Jaxx

 
By on Saturday, 10th August 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

In Basement Jaxx‘s video for ‘What a Difference Love Makes’, we can reminded that dance – and music – have the power to stir the soul. In this visual shot in Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa, the location of the country’s oldest township, native pantsula dance is shown to do exactly that, with all manners of dancers bringing joy to their audiences. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z8tpaxaipU[/youtube]

 

Preview: Kendal Calling 2013

 
By on Tuesday, 9th July 2013 at 3:00 pm
 

What do you need to know about Kendal Calling? It’s taking place this year 26 to 28 July and it’s situated in a beautiful part of the Lake District, easily accessible from Scotland, northern England, and even somewhere like Coventry is less than 3 hours away. The entertainment lineup is superb this year, possibly one of the best ever, and the festival has already been dubbed “The Glastonbury of the North”. This may be so, but its sensible size means there’s still a pleasant local feel to the event. The great news for TGTF readers is that at the time of writing there’s still a handful of tickets left for Kendal Calling this year, so let me tempt you with some tasty morsels of what’s in store…

There’s two excellent places to watch bands – the Main Stage with its big names, and the equally promising Calling Stage with up-and-coming and alternative acts. The big headliners appear to come in pairs each night, and Friday sees Chuck D, Flava Flav and DJ Lord taking a brief holiday in rural Cumbria – yes, it’s Public Enemy, fresh from a triumphant Somerset set, looking just as angry as ever, and ready to rip your ears off with their politically-charged flow. And who better to get the first evening’s party started than Basement Jaxx, the perennial pop-dance outfit with a string of hits longer than a wet weekend in Barrow-in-Furness.

For those of a less party persuasion, the Calling Stage has some real gems on the first day. Concrete Knives were twice superb at Liverpool Sound City, and they’re back across the channel for a rare UK apperance with their funk-laden musique raffinée. Foy Vance and his incredible voice will surely deliver a soulful, acoustic interlude, Waylayers add an early afternoon dance vibe with their summery, Balearic-influenced tracks, and TGTF favourites The Heartbreaks (who editor Mary just interviewed in London a couple weeks ago at the Scala) will supply their stylish, upbeat, typically British guitar-pop sound as the sun goes down.

And for night owls, there’s any number of DJ sets, the biggest of which take place in the Glow Dance Tent, where your late-night shenanigans are enhanced by the no doubt head-scrambling presence of LEDs, lasers and enough UV light to bring on cataracts ten years early. Friday will see Oneman, remixer of The xx and TLC and purveyor of minimalist yet grimily atmospheric techno, young Brightonian Dismantle who specialises in “sort of dubstep”, young Lancastrian duo Bondax and their intimate, blissed-out electronica, before climaxing with Artwork, who, as one-third of Magnetic Man, released one of dance music’s biggest albums in 2010.

And then it all happens again on the Saturday! Highlights from the Calling Stage include Welsh art-pop from Sweet Baboo, delicate folk stylings from Fossil Collective, and an opportunity to see what all the fuss is about London Grammar – are they just an xx rip-off or is there something more there? Unmissable on the Main Stage are Mike Skinner and Rob Harvey’s intriguing project The D.O.T.; there’s an opportunity for people of a certain age to rock out like it’s 1996 with Ash, and I Am Kloot bring their delicate songwriting and ensemble melodiousness to life just before Saturday’s headliners The Charlatans (pictured at top) reveal whether or not they’re any good any more.

Sunday is surely the strongest Main Stage lineup – having had to suffer the ignominy of being Tom Watson’s favourite band, hopefully Drenge will play with even more venom and spirit today; and I don’t really need to explain anything about what is effectively a triple-headline bill: Johnny Marr, Seasick Steve and Primal Scream bring the whole affair to a resounding climax. As if that’s not enough, there’s a distinct drum ‘n’ bass flavour to the Glow Tent on Sunday, with Grooverider warming up for none other than Sir Roni of Size. World-class stuff.

And of course there’s stacks more going on around the site. There’s an entire jazz strand called Riot Jazz. Chai Wallahs have their own acoustic and chill out stage. The Houseparty is apparently someone’s front room transported to the middle of a field with loads of random stuff going on: world-class DJs, punk bands, and perhaps a bit of karaoke – and don’t forget Leeds’ Wind-Up Birds – the underground tip for set of the weekend. There’s the Woodlands stage (maybe that’s in, um, a wood?), where all the acts with the best names are playing; the Soap Box, a lighthearted variety show which has previously hosted Howard Marks and John Cooper Clarke; and a tea shack run by Tim Burgess himself! Not forgetting the little ones: there’s the Ladybird area with different fancy dress each day, and crafts and workshops galore.

With so much going on, and the festival capacity limited to just 13,000 people, Kendal Calling is surely every decent festival rolled into one – the music is top-class, but with just a fraction of the crowds which you could expect at a bigger event. As we go to press there’s just a handful of tickets left (go here for more information), so you’ll need to be quick if you want to be there!

 
 
 

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