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Do Your Thing (Basement Jaxx song)

"Do Your Thing" is a song by English electronic music duo Basement Jaxx. It originally appeared on their second studio album Rooty (2001) and was released in August 2002 as a 12" Limited Edition, vinyl single in UK and as a CD single in Australia.[1] It was released again, as a 12" vinyl single, in November 2005 by record label XL,[2] when it reached number 32 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] The lead vocals are sung by Elliot May.

"Do Your Thing"
Do Your Thing - Basement Jaxx.png
UK cover
Single by Basement Jaxx featuring Elliot May
from the album Rooty
Released26 August 2002 (2002-08-26)
(UK promo 12" single)
26 November 2005 (2005-11-26)
(UK 12" single)
Producer(s)Basement Jaxx
Basement Jaxx singles chronology
"U Don't Know Me"
"Do Your Thing"
"Hush Boy"

Composition and videoEdit

The song sampled the track "Fungii Mama" from Kenny Barron's album Lemuria-Seascape (1991). The song's music video was directed by Kim Gehrig, as her directorial debut, and features people in a park wearing t-shirts which mirror the song lyrics.[4]

Critical responseEdit

The song is featured on the 2011 experimental live album Basement Jaxx vs. Metropole Orkest. Reviewing the album for The Independent, Andy Gill said: "'Do Your Thing' is very New York in flavour, a big-band jazz groove led by piano, the audience clapping along with the rattling percussion as brash trombones and sinuous saxophone take brief solos before the strings whip the piece to its conclusion."[5][6]


  1. ^ "Basement Jaxx - Do Your Thing". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Basement Jaxx - Do Your Thing". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Basement Jaxx | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ "» Bill Sound Bites". Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  5. ^ Andy Gill (14 July 2011). "Album: Basement Jaxx vs. Metropole Orkest, Basement Jaxx vs. Metropole Orkest (Atlantic Jaxx)". The Independent. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Basement Jaxx - Metropole Orkest - Do Your Thing". YouTube. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2016.