This past February, Felix Burton and Simon Ratcliffe, better known to the partygoing masses as U.K. dance duo Basement Jaxx, tempered their hi-energy hijinks for a moment and joined forces with Dutch orchestra Metropole Orkest and a 20-member choir to reinterpret a stack of Jaxx tracks.
The resulting effort, which is a compilation of both live and studio recordings, is the aptly titled 18-track opus Basement Jaxx Vs. Metropole Orkest, which will be released July 11 through Burton and Ratcliffe’s own Atlantic Jaxx imprint. Just hearing the redo of “Red Alert” from Basement Jaxx’s 1999 debut, Remedy, has us plenty anxious to hear the rest (as well as the duo’s upcoming score for the sci-fi/action/comedy flick, Attack the Block).
According to Pitchfork, Basement Jaxx and Metropole Orkest will celebrate the release of their collaboration with two shows in London on July 14-15. Check out three streaming tracks from the album, including “Red Alert,” below.
Basement Jaxx Vs. Metropole Orkest track listing:
01. Battlement Jaxx
02. Red Alert
04. Mozart’s Tea Party
05. Bingo Bango
06. Hush Boy
07. Where’s Your Head At
08. Good Luck
09. Drill Loops
10. Lights Go Down
11. Violin Solo
12. If I Ever Recover
13. Hey U
14. Do Your Thing
15. Samba Magic
16. Lights Go Down (Instrumental) *
17. Do Your Thing (Instrumental) *
18. If I Ever Recover (Instrumental) *
* iTunes special edition bonus track