SCARRED, BUT NOT DEFEATED

Basement Jaxx returns with 'Raindrops'

Crazy Itch Radio, the lukewarm 2006 effort from English dance-music duo Basement Jaxx, cost them a good deal of momentum here in the States among all but their most devout fans. But buoyed by killer lead single "Raindrops," their latest full-length, Scars, should please those still enamored of the aggressively omnivorous approach Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe cultivated in their early-'00s glory days: It's got a sexy-bleepy Santigold track, a pair of Prince-ly electro-soul collaborations with Sam Sparro and Eli "Paperboy" Reed, and even a decent folk-pop track featuring Lightspeed Champion, of all people. This Santos' Party House gig is a DJ date, not the full Jaxx live experience. Provided they play "Raindrops," though, you're all good.
Sat., Nov. 7, 10 p.m., 2009

 
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