Basement Jaxx ft. Sam Sparro - 'Feelings Gone'
Does anyone feel like doing a good deed? Anyone got something bad on their conscience that they want to balance out with a few selfless acts? Well, if you have, don't tell us what it is, we're not a confessional, but there is a way you can lift the heavy weight on your soul by doing something which will not only enrich your life, but help others into the bargain.
It's time to bring in a couple of still-mighty pop acts from the cold, and show them some love. Not because they're suddenly massively nowadays, not because [tastemaker x] says so, but because it's The Right Thing To Do.
(Here's the video. It's a space oddity.)
It's no secret that Basement Jaxx and Sam Sparro are not the super-hot chart properties they once were. They're still going great guns in other arenas - literally - but not so much in the singles chart, and that's a shame.
This isn't nostalgia talking, either. I know everyone over a certain age (and below another certain aga) is honour-bound to automatically love Basement Jaxx. It's got something to do with that era when dance music still seemed a big dangerous, a bit anti-establishment, a bit "yer mum won't like it". The Jaxx were one of the kings of that age, alongside the Chemical Brothers, the Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Underworld, Orbital (wombling free...).
For the record, I always quite liked them. Great live band, perfect festival headliners, some amazing tunes...but some dreary ones. This, however, is not a dreary tune. And it's done wonders for Sam Sparro, whose one hit to date was always just a smidge too snoozy to show off that honeyed rasp to its full potential.
Now he sounds like a sampled diva from the early '90s, giving it maximum wail and croon over the classic Jaxx mix(x) of disco and house. It's a beefed-up, danced-up torch song of a thing, and the collaboration has clearly done both acts the world of good.
So, speaking of good...how about a nice high chart position? C'mon, you'll feel all the better for it...