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Remedy

Basement Jaxx

1999

Remedy

Album Summary

Remedy is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo Basement Jaxx, released in May 1999 by record label XL. The album was very well-received critically, and reached number 4 in the UK albums chart. Four singles were released from the album: "Red Alert", "Rendez-Vu", "Jump n' Shout" and "Bingo Bango".

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Rating

2.76

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5047

Genres

  • Electronica
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Sun Mar 28 2021
2

“Remedy” by Basement Jaxx (1999) Completely unfamiliar with this. Likely to stay that way. This is dancing and drinking music. Electronic ‘sounds’ and four-on-the-floor rhythm machine foundations. Compositionally, this is is an elaborate musical doodle. Some interesting and innovative samples, like “Merengue” on “Bingo Bango”, but I’ve gotta draw a line here: Whose music am I assessing? These sounds (not songs) provide a background for more important things, like looking/smelling good at the club and hoping to get lucky. Lyrics are inconsequential. Two stars for some interesting sonic distractions. Now another shot of Axe and back to cruising for honey. 2/5

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

What an album, one of the original acts from what was the birth of the mainstream house scene that we know today. It gives me "Ministry of Sound" vibes well before it was propelled into existence. Best: Rendez-Vu, Stop 4 Love, Worst: N/A Couldn't fault it, a fantastic debut for Basement Jaxx!

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Bumpy! Some interesting ideas and benefits from not being super self-conscious and serious. Not a fan of the autotune. Fav track: Same Old Show.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Rendez-Vu, U Can't Stop Me, Red Alert, Bingo Bango Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Good house music. Loved the layers and little sounds that were almost like Easter eggs scattered around the songs. Really rewards multiple listenings. That being said, it's still house music, and comes with all the negatives of that genre. 3.5 rounded down, but still a great example of this kind of music.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

This is the debut album from duo Basement Jaxx, and it was well received critically. This house music album challenged the edm scene at the time by trying different elements in their songs, to break out of the established linear and robotic edm music of the 90's. As a classic house music album, there will be a couple songs for each and everyone to like, but not everyone shares the same tastes for dance music so not all of the songs will be winners. This album may have been overhyped at release, but its music still holds up today as classic house. I enjoyed listening to this album since I would say edm is my favorite genre, and this may be the first house album I've encountered on this list.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

In a Rolling Stone interview, one of the members of Basement Jaxx bemoaned the state of dance music, using words like "robotic," "shiny," and "superficial" (among others). I would use all of those words to describe this horribly generic dance album, so I would say that they failed in their quest to transform the genre. They also failed to make house music interesting. Hard pass. Best track: U Can't Stop Me

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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

1.6

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Just not interesting to listen to. After 30 seconds you know what each song is.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

Gay Barf

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

I’m honestly getting sick of the weird amount of electronica albums I’ve gotten recently. As I listen to each of these, I’ve come to realize why daft punk and fatboy slim have lasted into the 21st century while all of the artists like this one are relics of the 90s at this point. Not as bad as the last album though. Fav song: red alert

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Reminds me of being 17, but not in a good way - just sounds like everything I had to tolerate on the radio. Could easily be Fatboy Slim or Moby, or any of the other cash-in copyists that followed.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
2

Almost every song had the same beat. Pretty wild we’ve gotten so many late 90’s electronic albums on here because they all sound so similar which should disqualify them from this list

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Thu Nov 12 2020
5

jesus the first half of this is weird. it chills out a bit after that but the first like 5 songs and then a couple afterwards are simultaniously very dated to the late 90s while also being insanely ahead of their time. yo-yo is practically just deconstructed club but with 90s dance. theres ridiculous autotune vocals, sloppy singing about vampires or whatever, and the chorus has some insane glitchy sounds like ?????????? the more normal stuff is super sick too. being with u is super pretty, almost everything here is pretty jammin. the vocals are a little obnoxious on the first track but its mostly good. really cool 90s dance album with a few tracks thatre just kind of insane? Great Music 9/10

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Tue May 25 2021
5

I love EDM, so this will be great.

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Sun May 09 2021
5

Every single song, doesn't fail to impress me. It's house music but reshaped

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

Funky time!

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Sat Sep 25 2021
5

Stunning

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

First that I have heard of Basement Jaxx. I enjoyed this album! Excellent house dance music for my ears and mood today! I had my first listen last night and I liked it, but didn't love it. Today I listened again and loved it! The tracks kept me dancing and wanting more! Red Alert!!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Pretty chill electronic album.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Uno de las mejores cosas que he escuchado so far aquí. Para ser del 99 suena al 2022. Glorioso. Un montón de tracks tienen autotune, suena muy actual está bien loco.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Banger

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Nice. I'd only heard most of these songs as remixes from much later. Easy listening house you love to see it.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

ad

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

I like it!

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Pacing is perfect in each song and the album. Not even my favourite basement jaxx album, but still pretty great

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Fri Dec 02 2022
5

This... is the complete opposite of anything I would typically listen to and yet I was blown away by every second of this album. So raw, so versatile, yet so clean. Exactly what I was aiming for by doing this 1001 Albums thing - to broaden my horizons and this album here did it.

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Wed Jan 11 2023
5

Great to hear this on again!!!

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Wed Oct 07 2020
4

Got some good tracks

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

7./10 F.t.: Red alert

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Fun album. Some very catchy tunes. Would listen again.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

It's some good house, need to remember to throw it on for some parties, but I'm not much of a house head.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

Dance music

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

We had a group of sixth formers in my school who were all brass players and they were called basement jaxx or maybe it was jazz on reflection but I was expecting trumpets so this is a nice surprise. I also just had a lot of sugar

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

So colourful and fun. Very enjoyable pop music. Love the hits, but drags a bit during the "filler". Bingo Bango <3. Stop 4 Love is also a really nice tune.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Great stuff for any year, let alone '99. The last three tracks in particular look forward to some of the more aggressive EDM to come.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Bangers tbf tbs

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Banger

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Ik verwachtte wat eentonig gedoe, maar kreeg heel wat variatie en werd zowaar vrolijk van dit album!

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Llegó para revolucionar la música de baile con su House revitalizado y revitalizante. Bailongo total.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Love these guys, so decent and nostalgic too. Straight from first track feels like it's gonna be a 4 or 5 🤙. Red Alert big tune, Bingo Bango too. Halfway through, feels like a 4. Ended up being like a 4.5, some great tunes but just not quite enough for a 5.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Fun 70s disco flavor. Made for a nice ride into work...

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Never heard any of their early stuff. I can see they had a lot of innovation going and sound that carried forward. Can’t say much of this was ultra memorable but it’s a good enough listen.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Great fun.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Loved to start, wasnt so sure about the second half which is a shame. Still full of great tracks though

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

some funky good time rollin tunes for the soul of a desperate man with no trouble on his mind or heart

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Bangers

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Freakin awesome. Some missteps but I ain’t mad at it

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

yes ok

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

I find "Where's Your Head At" to be rather grating, so I did not have high expectations for this. AND YET. Some supremely gnarly grooves, and some truly beautiful melodies. A kickass album from front to back.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

Asskolli hresst. Hélt mér á róðrarvélinni í tæpan klukkutíma!

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Good soundtrack to a Lime scooter into the valley on a Thursday

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Great dance music album. I was familiar with a few of the songs on this album already and liked them. My favorite songs: “Rendez-Vu” - great dance track “Jump n’ Shout” - nice variety, with its super fast lyrics “U Can’t Stop Me” - great vocal performance “Red Alert” - I remember this song well, felt like 20 years ago back on the dance floor “Always Be There” - the off-kilter beats and smooth sound give more nice variety to the album “Same Old Show” - fun samples, I’m a sucker for the moan “Bingo Bango” - great Brazilian-feeling dance tune - perhaps my favorite on the album This is a fun listen. Enjoyed it a lot!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

I had a great time dancing for the first half-hour or so and then I was tired and ready to lie down. Terrific fun ... for a while.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

I have gotten to listen to a good variety of electronic dance music so far on this project. Because this genre is by nature repetitive, it can veer to tedious and boring. I didn't feel that with this album. I love the little interludes, especially "Jazzalude," and I like the variety of sounds that each track has while still feeling cohesive to the whole album.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

would rave again

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

good electronica sound!

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Ktebt 5 Saf7at Fy 3l Bouheli Mte3 Dostoevsky. Still Waiting For Calls.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Fuck yeah, this was cool. One of my favorite parts of doing this list has been discovering these sample-heavy records

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

I bought this when it came out, at the time house music seemed adventurous and mysterious, but Basement Jaxx gave it a geekier and more accessible edge. I think because Felix wears glasses. There are some duff tracks, but there's just enough intelligence and sophistication here to elevate it above the standard Ibiza floor fillers.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Cool

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Very interesting house album. Plenty of great tracks that sound slightly ahead of their time, but also a few tracks that fall a bit short. Fun listen though.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

6th July 2022 Listened while travelling in and finished in the office. Went for post work beers then met Cox after. Love a bit of basement jaxx, they have such a unique sound which you could call a mile off.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

It’s a good record, but it’s just not for me.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Really fun adventurous electronic album. Though the interludes don't add much and there are some autopilot tracks, when they turn it on, it's lit. Bingo Bango and Rendez-Vu are super strong.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

This felt like watching adult swim as a 7 year old. I listened to a lot of it a second time, and it grew even more on me. This album borders on a 5. Best songs: Red Alert, Yo-Yo, Worst Songs: Same Old Show

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Chill vibes, cool songs. I like it. Idk house I guess?

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Dance electronic music a la Daft Punk. I only knew BJ from "Where's Your Head At?" but this album was really enjoyable from front to back. Added a couple songs to spotify

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

House. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

What a way to start a vacation weekend

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Rendez vu, Yo yo, U can’t stop me, Bingo bango

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

It made me dance

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

This album is the remedy to boring music.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

I remember Red Alert playing on KROC in Rochester when I was about 12, and because of that, I thought I would cringe listening to this album. However, it grooves pretty damn hard. I was tired of it by the end, but the first half really had me going.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
4

Memories.

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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

This is a weird one. If you would ask me few days ago if I'm Basement Jaxx fan, I would reply "Of course!". But after listening with special care to "Remedy", I am not so sure anymore. All the songs that I like, especially "Where's your Head at?", are from different albums, and this one actually doesn't have that much hits or outstanding tracks. The best song in my opinion is not really well known "Don't Give Up", which isn't that obvious electronic-disco track we identify with Basement Jaxx. Singles aren't really attractive and lack the "headbanging" element to it. But maybe that's just my twisted vision of those type of bands. I think I will break my own rules and give a rating to the band, not to the album (as I don't think any other record will be on this list). 3 stars for "Remedy", 5 for Basement Jaxx, so 4 in total today.

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Thu Dec 22 2022
4

7/10 pretty fun electronic album

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

This is far from minimal house. The big-beat-adjacency is well-noted. Songs build up out of crunchy layers, and in an impressive amount of variety over the runtime. However, nothing's quite transcendently beautiful. This is music that makes you want to move and feel and drink to ignore some of the repetition. Less exhausting than many full-length dance projects, granted, but also less of a statement.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Decent

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Hauska levy

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Meh. Not my cup of tea.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Fav Song: Rendez-Vu

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Electronica!

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Not for me

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Pretty cool

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Really solid electro goodness. Freaking weird in the best way.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Deux album electro en deux jours. Meme note 3.5 bon en travaillant, hier c’etait lets get killed de david holmes

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

I forgot about Basement Jaxx. Rooty reminds me of a very specific time and place - working at Urban Outfitters in Austin, TX, and living in the same place as Josh. But I don't think I've listened to anything before or after. Not generally my thing, but they have some good stuff.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

house music

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Has not held up as well as I would have expected. Was pioneering but now seems somewhat dated. Is it a required album to own? Meh.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

It's ok. Doesn't have the character of rooty which I much prefer

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

I enjoyed this album much more than I thought I would. One thing that makes it hard to rate an album like this is that the music seems not to be made for casual listening. This is music for dancing. Because of that, I feel like a lot of my gripes might fall a little flat. The songs can run too long, the music can slide into repetitiveness, the beats can sometimes feel a bit too simplistic. However, in some ways that might be a strength of the music as the artists conceived of it. Regardless, I liked the album, although the songs are a bit too long for my liking. Further, the more I listened to it, the harder it became to pay attention to each song. It's almost as if the album just runs together. Still, a fun listening experience. 6.5/10.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

I used to love this album, mostly because of Red Alert, but I don't think it aged well.

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Thu May 13 2021
3

I loved this album back in the day. In 2021 it definitely seems of its time and is maybe a little too "amped" for this middle-aged man :D I confess that I had a little nostalgic fun reconnecting with it after ~20 years.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

it is house - idk. maybe useful listening for no quarter lol

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

Il sound molto aperetivesco è tosto da digerire completamente però in parte riconosco la loro tecnica anche visti i tempi e comunque fanno una garage house divertente. Non rispecchiano completamente il mio gusto però non mi sento di punirli per questo.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

U can't stop me: Mazza figo, non me lo aspettavo sto pezzo. Always be there: Interessante, mi ha ricordato un po' di artisti che mi piacciono Stop 4 Love: Questa mi ha ricordato i Tennyson Being With You: Interessante, pure questo mi ricorda degli artisti successivi che mi piacciono In conclusione: Quando è partito il primo pezzo ho pensato "ecco un altro hit mania estate 2000". E invece no. C'ha sicuramente degli elementi modaioli da club degli anni co ste cose un po' house o dance, però sono sempre inserite in una cornice molto più interessante che ho trovato comunque anche abbastanza personale. C'è un filo conduttore stilistico tra i vari pezzi che pure sono molti diversi tra loro e il risultato finale è un disco abbastanza sbroccato ma che comunque m'ha regalato qualcosa di interessante in quasi ogni pezzo. Purtroppo gli elementi tipici modaioli sono comunque fortemente connotanti per me e quindi mi hanno impedito di godermi pienamente i pezzi, comunque mi immagino a riascoltare questo disco quando magari ho bisogno di concentrarmi ma voglio anche ascoltare qualcosa che mi intrattenga. Direi un 3.5.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Better than I thought.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Not my style

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

good groove, good bass, but couldn't listen to the whole thing straight through

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Pretty cool. One song I recognized: 'Red Alert'. Generally, I'm not really into dance hall music.

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