The sun, good vibes and party people were out in full force this past weekend (July 14) as Basement Jaxx made their live US debut within the comfy confines of Central Parkís Summer Stage. The mood was set early as eager heads waited in a long line that snaked down one of the parks paths, but it was all good as the deep bass of house legend Ron Trentís opening DJ set echoed throughout. The wait was well worth it and the fenced in concert space quickly filled up. It was part picnic, with people chilliní on the astro-turf lawn and part house party with little packs of grooviní bodies making the atmosphere laid back and friendly! Ron Trentís set blended nicely into Martin Moralesí, who spun a mixture of deep house and quality Latin and Afro beats. For those who may have thought about dozing off under the summer sky could forget about it as South African Afro-beat group Bongo Maffin brought their sound and message Stateside. Coincidentally, I took this opportunity to wait in the 40-minute line to one of the 5 portable bathrooms. While this kind of experience is usually painful and annoying, with the cool sounds and warm sun it was a mere formality.
With emptied bladder and eager anticipation I made my way to the front of the stage where Basement Jaxx (Felix Burton and Simon Ratcliffe) took their places behind 2 tables of electronics. When the first beat was dropped, no one in attendance could have anticipated the 8 Vegas showgirls that paraded in front of the duo, clad in sequence and feathers, they shook their booties for the cheering crowd! It was non-stop after that as The Jaxx blew though a set of party tunes which included hits from their first album Remedy (ëRed Alertí, ëRendez-Vuí, and ëBingo Bangoí) as well as current tracks from Rooty like ëRomeoí, ëJust One Kissí and ëGet me Off.í Their show wasnít just a live mix of their albums however, as they dropped in live beats and samples from everyone from Eminem to Destinyís Child to Missy Elliot which whipped the crowd into a frenzy. Some songs didnít start the dancing riot that I would have thought, but it wasnít for lack of effort from the 4 different vocalists and multiple dancers and percussionists from Viva Brazil Dance Company. The set closed with the carnival-like club-hit, ëBingo Bangoí as the Jaxx guys were joined on stage by the full cast of dancing and singing characters. Overall, Basement Jaxx gave the crowd more than the standard ë2 British guys twiddling knobsí and rather a full-service House Revue and sunny soundtrack to a beautiful day!
Source: Dan Wirtz