The xx! Everywhere! But that’s no bad thing.
Hot on the heels of their haunting Valentine’s Day cover of Beyoncé’s ‘I Miss You’ comes their take on the early noughties house classic ‘Finally’ by Kings of Tomorrow.
Don’t tell anyone, but we prefer the original:
Rinse DJ and serious selector DJ Oneman occasionally blesses us with one of his own productions and he’s uncorked a real one here, twisting The xx’s downbeat bedroom jam ‘Chained’ into a dancefloor-ready jackin’ house tune. That’s all you need to know really.
For a taste of Oneman’s selecting skills, check out a recent set he did for Young Turks down under:
Also, whilst we’re on The xx, the speedy amongst you can grab a free Jamie/Romy/Oliver EP, created for the iTunes’ 12 Days of Christmas giveaway, snappily called ‘The xxmas’. It’s worth it for the extended mix of ‘Sunset’ by Jamie xx, download it here.
1. Pale Blue – Comes Home (Pional Remix) / Have You Passed Through This Night: Mike Simonetti and Elizabeth Wight’s new side project Pale Blue have just released a three-track EP. Graced with two originals and an excellent remix from Spanish producer Pional, get your mits on the release here courtesy of Man Power’s Me Me Me* label.
*This Axel Boman Dubb of James Hadfield’s ‘Soak’ is another Me Me Me release that’s been doing the rounds (and bringing the atmos) recently, it’s ace:
2. The XX – A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix): A staple-sounding Four Tet remix involving big-room synths and shuffling percussion was dropped earlier this week, festival circuit fodder:
3. Jon Sable – Gray Paper Moon (Chaos In The CBD Mix): An all-out New Zealand affair on Tief’s next release, CITCBD step Jon Sable’s jazz-infused, laid-back house number up a gear.
4. Ed Woods – Last Call: Delivered through Beats of No Nation’s excellent free download service, London-via-the Gold Coast producer Ed Woods has dropped this hazy, toe-tapping number just in time for sunnier climes ahead – bonus points for an ID on the vocal sample… Head over here to add it to your collection.
5. Octo Octa – New Paths: Emotive and atmospheric title track from OO’s forthcoming 12″ on Argot, stay tuned for ‘Hidden Truth’ on the flipside.
And for the longer listen, Laurence Guy’s newly-created ‘Litte While’ mix series kicks off with an hour of selections from the man himself, dive in:
The news of Jamie xx’s first solo album prompted a profound excitement here at HD. There are few artists out there who can mesmerise you with the moody pop of the XX on the walk home then have you cutting a rug later to pretty much anything from grime to hardcore (Proof = here).
‘Loud Places’ is the latest single to be aired off his new album ‘In Colour’ due out on Young Turks June 1st. Here he finds a beautiful middle ground, using his production talent to showcase all sides of Romy’s voice from the melancholic to the euphoric. The attention to detail on production is noticable, first letting Romy’s distinctive voice do the work alongside a sparse bass drum before throwing everything from handclaps to vocal loops together towards the end. All in all, it’s a triumph, and an exciting prospect for the summer months.
The album tracklist includes some old friends in Romy and Oliver Sim, alongside the more unexpected faces of Jamaican Dancehall legend Popcaan and eccentric Atlanta rapper Young Thug. Here’s hoping for an all-star album tour over the summer.
“I wanted to make something I could play out when I got home that reminded people of how good home is.”
So says Jamie xx of his surprise new single, ‘All Under One Roof Raving’. It heavily samples British artist Mark Leckey’s 1999 documentary ‘Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore’, and you can hear the homesickness as he wrote it on tour with The xx: “Keepin’ it UK” as another sample proclaims. Add in his clipped percussion and steel pans and you’ve a UK classic.
New stuff from Jamie xx always makes us sit up in our bed with laptop propped up on our knees at our desk. This is no different.
‘Sleep Sound’ is one of a double-sided release coming up 5th May on, where else, Young Turks. It’s another late night, sensual jam; the xx but for an after-party rather than a romantic evening with your significant other/others.
For something a little longer, check out the Turks’ FBI Radio Takeover featuring Jamie, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis and Sampha. Mouth-watering.
We’ll be watching this.
London lads Young Turks have kicked off a new series of 12”s with this deep, urgent collaboration between old pals John Talabot and Pional, galavanting around as Lost Scripts. ‘I’ll be Watching You’ is accompanied on the September 16th release by ‘Sun’ from Koreless’s recent ‘Yugen’ EP: