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SCARRED, BUT NOT DEFEATED

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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

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 3, 2009

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