Basement Jaxx – Scars

Scars CD Cover

Scars CD Cover

Yup, my favorite house duo from the UK is back with a new CD.  Got it on Friday and have been listening ever since.  Scars is a perfect example of why I like their music so much: variety and quality of production.  This CD has stylings of all different kinds of music: from Hip Hop, Electronica, DnB, Ethereal, World Music, etc., etc., not to mention, the traditional Basement Jaxx take on House music.  Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton are two of best producers of music ever- they focus on using new sounds, layering throughout the songs and creating tracks that you can feel.  Two definite stand outs from Scars that will get play in clubs and probably remixed by DJs:  Raindrops and Feelings Gone.  Raindrops is probably one of the best videos I have seen in a long time- beware some nipple action goes on. 

This CD fights for the best Jaxx album, but I still LOVE Rooty.  I continue to listen to it all the time, even though it came out like 8 or 9  years ago.

P.S.  I love the CD and Single Covers- this one is from the single “Feelings Gone”  featuring an awesomely punchy pachyderm with its feather headdress and Daft Punk-esque eye shield.

FeelingsSingle Cover

New Jay-Z CD, The Blueprint 3…

Holy crap Lord Baby Jesus… This CD is the SHIT!  I have to say that I am sort of surprised.  I thought that he would have jumped on the current bandwagon of terrible rap music.  But nope, switched it up did some good ol’ hip hop and some new electronica/pop.  He did use autotune in this new CD, but only once thankfully.  Kanye West is back to making beats properly and the music is beautiful.  He has tons of guest apperances, more than needed, but Alicia Keys, Rhianna, Kid Cudi and Pharrell plus others.

Oh- Jay also has Mr. Hudson on the CD, whom Kanye signed to his label- he is from the U.K. and is going to blow in the U.S.  Watch!  The track he is on is dope- it samples Forever Young by Alphaville.  Yes, that song, but it is done very well- he can sing like a MF’er.  He has a single with Kanye West called Supernova, from his upcoming CD called Straight No Chaser. 

Well back to The Blueprint 3, all of the tracks are pretty good except the one with Swizz Beatz…  But you know, it’s Swizz Beats so you can expect it to be whack.  Timbaland produced a couple of tracks too- those are produced perfectly as always- the new single is with Drake produced by Timbo “Off That” .  This CD is definitely going to get some strong play on the iPod!

4.5 Stars out of 5

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 [Front]