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The xx – Fiction (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

It’s always nice to see a couple of home-grown talents getting together, reppin the UK, and we can think of no better example than this new Maya Jane Coles rework of The xx:

Both have been hard at work recently, being all successful and that. The xx have finalised another blinder of a line-up for the London leg of their Night + Day series. Such luminaries as Mount Kimbie, Koreless, Kindness and London Grammar will be doing the business at Hatfield House. Meanwhile, MJC has been putting the finishing touches on her debut EP ‘Comfort’ which, by the way, she has produced, mixed, sang on AND released all herself. Hear the teaser from this astonishing effort below:
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The xx – Finally & I Miss You

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:

Also, big ups to the Deviation lot who put on the missing man from that Beyonce video, Jamie xx, at XOYO on Friday with stunning results. Still struggling with the reverb from that one.

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The xx – Chained (ONEMAN 119 House Edit)

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.

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The xx @ Brixton Academy 16/11

HD had the pleasure of being at Brixton Academy on Sunday for a triumphant homecoming gig by The xx. Honed but not dulled by a busy tour schedule, they put on a masterclass in atmosphere, drawing out the sultry first album classics and turning up the volume for the more beat-driven second album tunes. Jamie xx pulled the strings expertly, never more so than when he weaved ‘Movin’ Too Fast’, ‘Another Groove’ and The Streets’ classic ‘Blinded by the Lights’ into a beefed-up, nostalgic version of ‘Chained’. No doubt it was influenced by the recent John Talabot remix which leans heaving on The Streets’ sample. Oh, and did we mention that John Talabot was the SUPPORT ACT…
Oliver, Jamie and Romy have also got into the festive spirit with a surprisingly upbeat take on ‘Last Christmas’, done for the Live Lounge:
They’ve still got it. Oh yes.
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Jamie XX – S.I.A.R (Pional’s Room Version)

Jamie XX’s ‘Stranger In A Room’ gets the remix treatment from fellow Young Turks producer, Pional. The Spaniard’s added a bass-heavy layer to the tune, whilst also keeping the understated feel well in tact. Welcome sounds for a Monday.

Jamie xx – Loud Places (John Talabot’s Loud Synths Reconstruction)

If there is such a thing as a banker of a remix, it’s John Talabot on Jamie xx:

JT’s “Loud Synths Reconstruction” of ‘Loud Places’ is coming out on a Young Turks 12” soon and it’ll sit nicely alongside your copy (we know you’ve got one) of ‘In Colour’.

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Jamie xx – Loud Places ft Romy

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.

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