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Basement Boys: Present Mudfoot Jones

You may not have heard of the production team called the Basement Boys, but you’ve likely heard their work if you turned on the radio in the past 16 years. They’ve remixed Paula Abdul, Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu and they co-wrote Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman.” (C’mon, everybody: “La da dee, la da da”). Considering the Basement Boys’ greatest successes came in the 1990s, it’s not surprising that the duo’s Mudfoot Jones project sounds like it’s comin’ straight outta 1991.

Built on the cringe-worthy premise of being a collaborative album with a “legendary” Louisiana blues musician, Mudfoot Jones could be considered a jazzy house-music companion to Moby’s 1999 album Play, which sampled gospel and blues tunes and singers to great effect. But where Play reveled in the hooks inherent in the styles it sampled, Mudfoot Jones is all about the repetitive dance-club beat-and repetitive it is repetitive it is repetitive it is….

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