SONG OF THE DAY: Basement Jaxx – Unicorn and Sereia de Bahia (Mermaid of Bahia)
It looks like I am going to be banging this Latin trend as much as the Nu-House one. Basement Jaxx have always been known for creative electronic music with a quirky edge. Their forthcoming Junto album is being billed as “a genre-hopping musical roller-coaster,” and from the sound of the first two singles, that sounds about right. “Unicorn,” released last month, is a nu-House track with a vibe reminiscent of “Good Life” by Inner City with playful, nonsensical lyrics calling you to party and be free, like… well… Unicorns. “Sereia de Baha” shares that same goofy, playful vibe but feels like it belongs on Fatboy Slim’s “Bem Brasil” album. The track is instantly familiar with the kind of balearic and latin vibe which will make it perfect for summertime loungey sets and an obvious candidate for Ibiza anthem. The random “In the hot box” male vocal sample is just so quirky and unexpected that it reminds you of how much fun the Basement Jaxx duo really are. Seemingly just as random is that singer Nina Miranda was vocalist for the Smoke City’s late ’90s electronica hit “Underwater Love.” As fun as both of these songs are, the videos elevate them with their goofy energy. It just goes to show that you don’t need a big budget to make a memorable visual clip to accompany a good track.
Image Courtesy of Atlantic Jaxx.