NEW JAXX SWING!

NME.COM was there to hear what the first fruits of the follow-up to 'REMEDY' sound like...

BASEMENT JAXX unveiled several tracks from their work-in-progress follow up to their highly acclaimed debut album ‘REMEDY’ as a surprise at London club night ROOTY in BRIXTON on Saturday night (November 4th), NME.COM can announce.

Of the six tracks that were played, only one – ‘Romeo’ – has so far gained a title. According to a spokesperson for the band, they have yet to work with any of the vocalists who sang on ‘Remedy’. However, while one mix of ‘Romeo’ features vocals from London-based R&B singer Kele Le Roc, it is not known whether the album will feature any other high profile collaborations. A spokesperson for the band said that it was too soon to say whether the track would eventually appear as a single.

Talking to NME.COM at last month’s Ericsson Muzik Awards, Simon Ratcliffe from the duo said that the sound of the second album was “None of your business! You’ll have to wait until it comes out.”

However, he was able to confirm that the sessions were so far going according to plan. “We haven’t had time to worry about whether we feel a lot of pressure recording the second album, we’ve just got on with it,” he said. “It’s just people like you going ‘You must be feeling the pressure!’ but so far, it’s going fine.”

The band’s spokesperson was also reticent to describe the sound of the new tracks. “The material is still work-in-progress so it wouldn’t be right to say,” she explained.

The band have currently ceased any promotional work to concentrate on getting the as yet untitled album finished, though they are close to confirming a New Year’s Eve appearance at an event in San Francisco which is also said to feature Macy Gray. They are also DJing in San Francisco on November 23rd for a Thanksgiving party thrown by Erick Morillo?s New York-based Subliminal label. The new album is scheduled for release in Spring 2001.