Here is a blast from the past. In the summer of 2001 we brought Basement Jaxx to Central Park Summerstage as part of our Miles Ahead music series. They put on a serious show that day with Brazilian carnival dancers and the park was rocking! A few weeks after the show NY was attacked and the World Trade Center destroyed. For us, this event captures that pre-9/11 innocence of the city.
Paloma Faith is a pop soul UK singer/songwriter known for her wild live show and quirky fashion sense. You may have heard her on songs by Basement Jaxx or Josh Weller, and her solo debut is now available to the US, titled Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? (Thanks to Hard Candy for the download.)
Paloma Faith – “Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?” [MP3]
Photo by Andrew Whitton
While the physical release doesn’t come around until October 6th, the highly anticipated Basement Jaxx album Scars is now available worldwide in digital format with bonus tracks. (Buy here from iTunes). Featured vocalists and collaborators include Kelis, Meleka, Chipmunk, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Santigold, Sam Sparro, Lightspeed Champion, Amp Fiddler, Yo Majesty, Yoko Ono, Paloma Faith, Lisa Kekaula, Jose Hendrix Ndelo, Jose James, Lil Louis, Serocee, Funkagenda and Paul Thomas.
“There’s a good reason why the new record is called Scars,” says Felix Buxton. “Making it has been a grueling process. When we finished recording, it felt like we’d come out of a boxing ring.” His bandmate Simon Ratcliffe nods in agreement.
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You didn’t think the Jaxx would release a single without an accompanying crazy video, did you? “Feelings Gone” featuring Sam Sparro is from Basement Jaxx’s 5th full-length album, Scars, which drops in the US on October 6th on Ultra Records.