Kish Kash

Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Kish Kash may be the best dance record of 2003, but it's the least imaginative LP the duo have ever released.
  2. Quite how or where the new album fits into the contemporary music landscape isn't clear, but what's recognizable and of import is that somewhat out of time, Basement Jaxx have produced their best sustained effort so far.
  3. Some of the most propulsive, ferocious music of the year as well as some of the most poignant.
  4. Uncut
    90
    A truly exhilarating 50 minutes of music. [Dec 2003, p.122]
  5. Q Magazine
    80
    Most of Kish Kash sounds like the album they intended to make after Remedy. [Nov 2003, p.106]
  6. Mojo
    80
    Truly, a glorious noise. [Nov 2003, p.128]
  7. The energy never sags and ideas never flag.
  8. Under The Radar
    80
    A kaleidoscopic dance record that borrows a bit from Remedy and Rooty but... has a labyrinthine identity all its own. [#5, p.98]
  9. There's a recurring sense of enforced jollity.
  10. An album that sets the bar for density and imagination almost unreasonably high.
  11. Spin
    75
    Where Basement Jaxx's diversity used to serve a club-DJ flow, here they let it off the leash, with mixed results. [Dec 2003, p.126]
  12. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    The richest and most fervent music the Jaxx have ever made. [24 Oct 2003, p.104]
  13. Blender
    80
    Their most violently inventive album yet. [Nov 2003, p.109]
  14. Three albums in and Basement Jaxx are still so far ahead of the pack that they're a barely visible dust cloud on the horizon.
  15. Urb
    80
    Pushes the boundaries so far it's difficult to even call what they do "house" anymore. [Nov 2003, p.88]
  16. As far as style and technique go, it's more of the same; quite literally MORE. 'Kish-Kash'? Mish-mash: Basement Jaxx make dancefloor monsters, Frankenstein's monster stylee.
  17. It's not stretching to suggest that they've complicated house music's ease so effectively that Kish Kash often resembles, well, postpunk.
  18. A downbeat, surprisingly ruminative affair, less concerned with dance-floor breakouts than the inevitable post-party comedown.
  19. A funky good time from two house music smarty pants with a future.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. TedD
    Jan 22, 2005
    9
    great album
  2. Dec 7, 2010
    7
    Lacking the fun of Remedy and Rooty, this album sets out to disappoint longtime fans for better or worse. Although the songs in general areLacking the fun of Remedy and Rooty, this album sets out to disappoint longtime fans for better or worse. Although the songs in general are great, few songs are distinctive and many feel like filler. Very well-thought out filler.

    That being said, there's very much to love on Kish Kash - the powerful vocals in Good Luck, the sleek style of Right Here's The Spot, the wild experimentation on Lucky Star, the fun of Supersonic and the ultra-catchy tune Plug It In. Although it sags in the second half, it's still a must listen.
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  3. RodrigoA
    Apr 28, 2006
    10
    Basement Jaxx go for the next level: awersome , danceable post punk electronica and romatic beats doing the background...