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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

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 3, 2013

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

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… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2012

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2012

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 "More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 14, 2012

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 versio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2012

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 o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 29, 2012

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

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. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2012

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

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 "More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2012

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,More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / September 4, 2012

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

Premature Evaluation: The xx Coexist

The music made by England trio the xx can be hard to contemplate at face value because, in a sense, there’s not much there. And, much like their not-trying-to-do-too-much-but-already-iconic-somehow logo, that's completely by design -– their self-titled debut, which was something of an unexpected sensation, was built around spare, delicately constructed hooks, melodies, and… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 28, 2012

The xx – “Sunset”

Singers Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim pass it back and forth on the xx's newest single, the taut, sexy "Sunset." Though Madley-Croft has insisted that the new record isn't a "world away" from their debut, "Sunset" allows Jamie xx's percussive textures a little further into the mix than usual. Listen below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 27, 2012

The xx – “Angels” (Live In Tokyo) Video

As we coast toward the release of the xx's forthcoming Coexist, here's a nice video of the group performing recent single "Angels" high above -- 33 stories, to be exact -- Tokyo. It was filmed in July and directed by Jamie-James Medina. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 22, 2012

The xx – “Chained”

The xx's insanely anticipated sophomore album Coexist comes out next month, and we've posted opening track "Angels," as well as a few videos of the band playing new songs live. And now the studio version of "Chained," the album's second song, has made its way to the internet. It's a hushed but… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012

Watch The xx Play “Sunset” & “Reunion” In Hollywood

The xx's cheekily titled Coexist LP is out this fall. Consequently, the tour they're on now has setlists that are very Coexistential. (Look they opened the door, I'm just walking through.) We've heard "Angels" and "Swept Away," and here are two more album cuts from a show a couple weeks ago at… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 6, 2012

Watch The xx Play “Swept Away” In L.A.

Last week, the xx performed in L.A., and as you might be aware, they've been playing a lot of new stuff on this particular tour. A few days ago, some fan footage from that show surfaced that revealed an uptempo new track called "Swept Away," a mesmerizing stomp that definitely makes Jamie XX'… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 1, 2012