Basement Jaxx collaborators Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe are never happy unless they're cranking out genre-bending dance traxx with the abandon of an unsupervised child at a dessert buffet. On Crazy Itch Radio
, the duo's fourth album, Buxton and Ratcliffe jam tribal techno stabs, acid synth squiggles, and hiccupping house beats together with klezmer brass, strutting rock guitars, and a happy-go-lucky banjo solo to make a sweet and savory sonic feast. The vocal cast of Crazy Itch Radio
packs less star power than 2003's Kish Kash
, but the Jaxx still score a bevy of effervescent performances. They ladle the results onto their beats like syrup on a stack of pancakes. The production aesthetic on Radio
is chunkier and funkier than on Kish Kash
, sounding more reminiscent of their earlier material, but it still manages to be poppier than anything they've done.