DJ Phatrick

GOOD LOOKS Countdown: 3 Days
October 5, 2008, 7:57 pm
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I hadn’t seen the music video for Basement Jaxx’s first single, “Red Alert,” off their debut album, Remedy until I was researching material for today’s post. Wow. They made this video in 1999, before the whole RIAA crackdown on the public. Although the video imagines a world where making music is prohibited, it feels close to the state of facism imposed on us by the recording companies stemming from their inability to adapt to the growing democratization of music consumption.

Anyway, “Red Alert” was one of those records I bought in my first years of djing in the middle of my Freestyle/House phase and juuust before my embarrassing Trance period. It’s interesting how almost a decade later, things have come full circle now that the music played on Clear Channel “hip hop” radio stations across the country resembles DJ Tiësto more than DJ Premier.

DOWNLOAD: Basement Jaxx – “Red Alert”
From Remedy (Astralwerks, 1999)


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