Posts Tagged ‘The xx’

September 14, 2017

I gladly re-visited The xx’s latest album I See You whilst I was out in the beauty of the wilderness a few weekends ago after a long time away, and I was quickly reminded of how immense a release it is. On Hold is one of the album’s stand out tracks. Who else, but Jamie xx himself has given the song an unexpected remix that emphasizes the trio’s brilliance? On Hold gets a hypnotic and glorious workover brimming with Jamie xx’s signature underground sound. Step into the dark club, get on the dance floor, and contort your body in visceral pleasure to the remix, which even comes with a freshly minted music video. Jamie xx’s remix of On Hold is available now on limited 12″ white vinyl from The xx’s store, here.

July 1, 2017

If you haven’t watched the new video for The xx’s I Dare You yet, and I have countless times since yesterday, prepare for some awesome cameos and a sweet visual ride. I Dare You is of course one of the many splendid tunes from The xx’s most recent album, I See You. Its video stars Paris Jackson as well as everyone’s favorite Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown, and its a magnificent ode to the city of Los Angeles. “I’ve been a romantic for so long,” sings Romy Madley Croft on their song. So true. That’s probably why I find this video so appealing, and one of the reasons I love music so much.

June 24, 2017

A deluxe edition of The xx’s third album I See You was released digitally earlier today, and the extended version of the record features three new tracks. That’s right, you have three fresh tunes from The xx to enjoy this lovely weekend! In actuality, two are unreleased treats, and one is a stripped down rendition of I See You cut Brave For You, and quite a stunning one at that. Naive, which you can stream above, samples Drake’s Doing It Wrong, and it features ever harmonious vocals from both Oliver Sims and  Romy Madley Croft. Seasons Run, which I’ve tacked on below, is quite the dreamy strummer on which Oliver takes the lead. The video for the “Marfa Demo Version” of Brave For You can also be found below. It’s an intimate moment with one of the world’s favorite bands, who now has the capacity of selling out multi-night stops at massive venues, as they proved recently on tour. The new deluxe version of I See You is available from iTunes, here.

April 13, 2017

Little needs to be said when something as incredible as a Four Tet remix of The xx arises. Prodigious English electronic musician Kieran Hebden presents us with a transcendental remake of I See You cut A Violent Noise. Four Tet’s dusky clattering, hypnotic thumping interpretation melds garage with trance. I find myself longing for my raving days as I close my eyes and imagine myself on a dark dance floor in a fog filled basement. Sharp lasers slice through that heavy mist as flashing strobes capture images of ecstatic writhing bodies. Time loses all relativity in the presence of Four Tet’s mystical remix. You can also stream the track via Soundcloud below.

February 20, 2017

Though The xx’s debut album from 2009 will forever be an all time favorite for me, I’ve also found it impossible to retire their excellent album I See You, released earlier this year, from my album rotation. Aside for my love affairs with songs like On Hold and Say Something Loving, I have to profess my love for regal building Violent Noise, too. It’s that song that ever brilliant Vancouver producer Felix Cartal has offered up as his latest remix. He explains: “The new xx album is beautiful so I wanted to put my own spin on one of the tracks from it.” Felix Cartal injects Violent Noise with a triumphant and exultant dose of dance energy, turning it into a club ready, balmy springing house jam overflowing with euphoric warmth. Download the remix for free, here.

January 2, 2017

It’s 2017, and we’re all hoping for a better new year after the bumpy ride we’ve had in 2016. There’s no better way to kick it off than fresh new The xx. Say Something Loving comes from their highly anticipated third album, I See You, out soon on January 13th via Young Turks. The trio douse us with a warm flux of their signature acoustic and atmospheric electronica blend while Romy and Oliver serenade us with their familiar vocals on this follow up to lead single Hold On. Jamie Smith presents us with a gently moving soundscape. Altogether, Say Something Loving is ripe with saccharine candor. There’s a comforting gust of love and hope from its unsettled core that promises to keep us afloat whatever may come in the new year. Pre-order I See You on iTunes or Amazon if you still haven’t done so, for some bizarre reason or other. 

November 28, 2016

The xx release video for ‘On Hold’. Still waiting for them to release those American tour dates. Guess we have to wait till Coachella announces their lineup.

November 10, 2016

Just in case you missed the massive news this morning, here’s the new The xx. Fans of the beloved English trio have been tensely waiting for new music ever since The xx has been teasing mysterious new snippets of music online. The tender wistfulness we’re all so familiar with when it comes to Romy and Oliver’s gentle duets joins a limber punching groove, courtesy of who else, but Jamie xx. On Hold is truly a sublime treat, a soothing and moving gem, during such a ravaging week of taut wired emotion. Here’s what The xx said themselves upon revealing On Hold and news of their next album: 

After many years, close together, far apart, great highs, deep lows, heartache and healing, we are so happy to let you know we are releasing our 3rd album ‘I See You’ on January 13th 2017. 

We realise these are uncertain times and we hope the joy and love we found making the record will find its way out into the world, in however small a way.  Our first single ‘On Hold’ is available now:

Excited to see you all very soon.xx The xx

February 7, 2016

I’ve been one of the lucky ones who’ve previously caught Jamie xx and Four Tet side by side at a club, a true meeting of music brilliance in one night. I’m brought back to that magic by Four Tet’s new re-imagining of Jamie xx’s Seesaw, which features his The xx bandmate Romy. The original comes off of my number one album of 2015, Jamie xx’s debut full length, In Colour. Four Tet takes Seesaw for a mesmerizing, ethereal spin on his alternate mix. The club rework reminds me of Caribou’s music, but gauzier and soupier. I feel as if I’m traversing a surreal dream. I’m floating down a shimmering river under a clouded sky, and the whole world is softly wavering between various hues of pastel. I don’t want to wake up from this dream.

OFFICIAL VID: Jamie xx – Loud Places feat. Romy

March 28, 2015

I’m sure many of you have already heard some of the new Jamie xx material floating around that has been let loose since he gave out the details of his forthcoming debut solo album In Colour. A can’t miss is a luscious, hypnotizing treat named Loud Places, which features his fellow The xx bandmate, Romy Madley Croft. Jamie xx’s production and Romy’s vocals are already previously proven to be a match made in heaven and a formula that always works. I don’t think it’s possible for them to go wrong when making sweet music together.