JAXX GO BACK TO THEIR ROOTS

The duo perform material from their forthcoming album at their first live show since last year's Glastonbury...

BASEMENT JAXX delivered a colourfully triumphant live performance in their home territory of BRIXTON last night (June 22).

Marking the first live show from the duo (aka Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe) since their performance at Glastonbury 2000, the sold-out concert at Brixton

Academy expanded on their traditional carnival themes, and provided a live debut of tracks from their forthcoming album ‘Rooty’, released on Monday (June 26).

Cheering crowds demonstrated they’d already memorised the lyrics to current Top Ten single ‘Romeo’, which opened the show, with singer Kele Le Roc.

Six numbers from the 13-track album were performed (plus

‘Romeo’ B-side ‘Bongoloid’), with interludes showcasing Basement Jaxx‘s passion for bootleg styles, weaving glimmers of Gary Numan to Missy Elliott into the mix.

Both new material and tracks from their 1999 album ‘Remedy’ drew a rapturous response; of the former, ‘Where’s Your Head At’ was a noisy highlight, having already become an anthem at Basement Jaxx‘s former ‘secret’ Brixton club night which lent the ‘Rooty’ LP

its name.

While Felix and Simon worked behind decks and keyboards for most of the show, there was nothing reserved here: a flurry of guest vocalists, projected visuals and incredible carnival dancers ensured that the stage was a constant blast of animation.

Basement Jaxx played:

‘Romeo’

‘Freak Mode’

‘Red Alert/I Believe In Miracles’

‘Get Me Off’

‘Where’s Your Head At’

‘Broken Dreams’

‘Rendez-Vu’

‘Bongoloid’

‘Jus 1 Kiss’

‘Do Your Thing’