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The xx – “Together”

Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby stars Leonardo Dicaprio and the god Amitabh Bachchan and features a stacked soundtrack, executive produced by Jay-Z. It’s an OST notable for injecting contemporary aesthetics into a Roaring ’20s backdrop, which we’ve heard via original contributions from Florence + The Machine and Lana Del Rey and now the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 24, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: Saturday’s 5 Best Things

Sitting here in the afterglow of day two — resting sore muscles and reflecting on an impossible collection of hard-earned memories — I feel like I’m starting to come to terms with Coachella. More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / April 21, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Coachella 2013 Saturday: The Postal Service, Phoenix, The Make-Up, & More

Before we get into Saturday, let’s not bury the day’s big lede: R. Kelly joined Phoenix on stage to perform his biggest crossover that isn’t from the Space Jam soundtrack, “Ignition (Remix).” Not quite the Daft Punk cameo folks rumored, definitely worthy of its own post. Which is here. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 14, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Great Gatsby Soundtrack To Feature New Songs By Jay-Z, The xx, Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé & André 3000

As we reported earlier this year, Jay-Z had a large hand in the music component of the upcoming Baz Lurhmann’s film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The tracklist for the soundtrack, which Jay executive produced, has been revealed and includes an eclectic array of artists. On the theme of the music, Lurhma… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 4, 2013 - 11:09 am

The xx – “Finally” (Kings Of Tomorrow Cover)

Finally” is a gospel-inflected house anthem from the New York producer Kings Of Tomorrow; it was a minor hit in the UK in 2000. The xx, who continue to have excellent taste in covers, tried the song out on a live BBC Radio session yesterday, effectively translating the original’s steamroller of feeling into something tense… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2013 - 9:01 am

Watch The xx Cover Beyoncé’s “I Miss You”

Beyoncé’s “I Miss You” is one of those records that just absolutely tears at the fabric of heartache and vulnerability. It’s produced so well — starts calm and glowing and ascends into the closest thing to a well-manicured banshee cry, the layers of vocals each expressing a different tenor of pain. When Frank Ocean revealed… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 14, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Watch Solange And The xx’s Oliver Sim Cover Nicole Wray

Recently, Solange set off a minor Twitter shitstorm by calling out the writers who big-upped 2012’s avant-R&B renaissance (a renaissance that includes, among others, Solange) as being insufficiently steeped in and reverent of R&B’s recent history. As a litmus test of sorts, she mentioned Brandy deep cuts, but her affections, it turns out, also ru… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 18, 2013 - 11:41 am

The xx – “Sunset (Jamie xx Edit)”

Jamie xx already produced the xx’s “Sunset,” the most dance-informed song on his band’s 2012 sophomore album Coexist. But now he’s gone and remixed his own track, turning up the thump and converting it into a six-minute floor-filler, albeit one with a ton of negative space. It’s a great example of a remix that keep’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2013 - 11:32 am

2012 In Review: The New Wave Of R&B Comes Into Full Bloom

Throughout the course of my life I have not been what you would call an R&B listener. A brief history of my dabbling: I owned a cassette copy of Boyz II Men’s II because who didn’t? A year later I nabbed Mariah Carey’s Daydream on CD, mesmerized by the tree swing party that was the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 24, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Hear Merry Indie X-Mas, Featuring Parodies Of Bon Iver, Beach House, xx, Das Racist, & More

When we posted the 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs we limited our list to yuletide jamz that actually exist. Animal New York took a different tack, imagining what holiday songs would sound like if they were covered by folks like Bon Iver, the xx, Wavves, Beach House, Das Racist, and others. (Adam Horne of BearMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2012 - 1:01 pm

The xx – “Last Christmas” (Wham! Cover)

Wham!’s “Last Christmas” is one of the all-time great cheesed-out holiday songs, but it’s got a simple, heart-heavy longing at its core, and so maybe it’s not such a shock that the xx would consider it worthy cover material. At a recent session in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, the xx recorded a characteristically stripped-back,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2012 - 9:46 am

The xx – “Chained (John Talabot & Pional Blinded Remix)”

Barcelona’s dank Balearic beat maker John Talabot and countryman/house producer Pional have already collaborated to great effect twice this year — see “Destiny,” from Talabot’s murked-out afterhours club record ƒn, and “Braves,” their triumphant theme song for the Spanish marathon — so here’s one more before it’s all over. On the xx’s “Chained,” the Spaniard… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Four Tet – “Lion (Jamie xx Remix)”

Earlier this year, the great British electronic producer Four Tet released Pink, an excellent and somewhat underrated collection of dance singles. In the past, Four Tet has remixed the xx’s “VCR” and “Angels,” and now the xx’s production mastermind Jamie xx returns the favor, reworking the Pink track “Lion.” Jamie xx’s version of the track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2012 - 9:25 am

Watch the xx Play “Chained” On Fallon

On Friday night, the xx came through Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and played “Chained,” the hushed and skeletal single from their new album Coexist. On the show, they played a version of the song that put more emphasis on Jamie xx’s drums, giving it a more physical feel than it has on record. Watch… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2012 - 8:48 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Virtually the entire music-blogging universe (except me) is at CMJ right now, so you’ll have to forgive the indie music universe for neglecting to drop too many videos in the past seven days. I always think it’s funny how things come to a near-complete stop for the assumption that most music writers and publicists are… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 19, 2012 - 10:38 am

The xx – “Chained” Video

In the xx’s new video for “Chained,” one of the standout songs from their new album from Coexist, we see the group’s three members as they plunge, in extreme and near-fetishistic slo-mo, into a giant swimming pool. The whole clip is gorgeously shot, and it’s a small triumph in design and composition. Young Replicant direct… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Watch the xx Play Jools Holland

On the most recent episode of the BBC’s Later With Jools Holland, British minimal-pop heroes the xx came through to play their delicate, insinuating single “Angels,” bringing their gigantic plexiglass X with them. It’s fun to watch the band, hushed, doing all the track’s interlocking parts in real time. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2012 - 9:09 am

The xx – “Angels” (Four Tet Remix)

Once upon a time, the reliably awesome British producer remixed the xx’s first-album single “VCR.” And now that the xx have finally gotten around to releasing their (pretty great, in my opinion) sophomore album Coexist, they’ve once again invited Four Tet to rework a single of theirs. Four Tet’s twinkling take on “Angels” recently debuted… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2012 - 9:26 am

Deconstructing: The xx

We’re rebooting our popular Deconstructing franchise, which kicked off in February of this year. In this space, a rotating cast of writers will offer opinions on, well, almost anything: an artist, an issue, a genre, a trend … Those writers will frame their subjects, and take a side — to inform you, of course, asMore »

By: Aaron Lariviere / September 4, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Stream The xx Coexist

Next week, the xx will release Coexist, their extremely anticipated sophomore album, which strips the already hushed and intimate sound of their self-titled debut back even further. We’ve already heard early tracks “Angels,” “Chained,” and “Sunset,” and now the entire gorgeously prolonged clicky sigh is streaming. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2012 - 9:22 am