Their desi connect might not be well known, but Grammy Award winning English male duo band Basement Jaxx, which composed the catchy number Do Our Thing from Bend It Like Beckham (2002), is now working on its final album, seeking Indian singers.
“Our next album will probably be the last basement Jaxx studio album. Perhaps this one will have a bit of an Indian angle too. I’m very interested to see if there are any singers or people out there with whom we could collaborate,” Felix Buxton (above left) of the band tells us from Edinb-urgh. As for their current plans Buxton and partner Simon Ratcliffe (above right) are just going back into the studio to record another album apart from going around the world over the next year or so with their new orchestral album.
A self-confessed fan of the Beats Of Bhangra, Buxton is visiting India for the first time sans Ratcliffe to represent the band in the three-day multi-genre music festival, Bacardi NH7 Weekender, scheduled to be held on November 18-20 in Pune.
“I have heard a lot about India, all my friends have travelled there so I’m very excited to go there myself,” he says, adding, “Hopefully when I’m there I’ll get to hear some Indian music and mash it up and play that at the festival as well.”
Having album sales of over three million copies, the band with Life And Love as its muse has also graduated to composing for movies with Joe Cornish’s Attack The Block. “It is definitely something we want to do in the future,” says Buxton.
He also revealed the band’s fondness for musicians Ravi Shankar, Nitin Sawnhey and Talvin Singh.
Buxton has also seen the Aamir Khan starrer Three Idiots and can’t stop raving about the film.”"It was brilliant and so creative. It’s so colourful,” he says.
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Name: Basement Jaxx
Active since: 1990s
Members: Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe
Genres: House, Progressive House, Deep House, Electronica, World music
Studio albums: Seven — Remedy, Rooty, Kish Kash, Crazy Itch Radio, Scars, Zephyr, Basement Jaxx Vs Metropole Orkest
Upcoming albums: Two
Upcoming gigs: Antwerp, Ibiza, India