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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 simmering… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 28, 2012 - 2:46 pm

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 - 4:05 pm

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 - 1:07 pm

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 rhythmically tricky song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012 - 12:31 pm

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 the Fonda Theater:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 6, 2012 - 12:36 pm

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’s presence felt. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 1, 2012 - 1:31 pm

Watch The xx Play Conan

While in L.A., the xx swung by Conan to perform their new single “Angels.” Not surprisingly, they turn the lights down low for this one. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 25, 2012 - 9:03 am

The xx, HAIM @ Fonda Theater, Hollywood 7/23/12

Arguably the hottest ticket in town, the xx kicked off their tour at the super sold out Fonda Theater in Hollywood in preparation for the release of their sophomore album Coexist. Their new songs were sexy, silky, subsonic jams that indicate a sophomore slump will be avoided. Band To Watch sister trio HAIM earned the… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / July 24, 2012 - 9:06 am

The xx – “Angels”

The xx’s long-awaited sophomore album Coexist arrives in fall, and now we finally get to hear a song from it. “Angels,” the album’s opener and first single, is a spindly, delicately romantic song that recaptures the spare, insinuating sensuality of the band’s first album. On first listen, it promises some very good things. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Watch The xx Perform A New Song At Primavera

The xx have been performing a lot of new material lately, so it was a matter of time before they released the details for the forthcoming Coexist, an announcement that came last week. Now they’re touring the songs a little more widely, and that included a stop at last weekend’s Primavera in Barcelona. A high… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 8, 2012 - 1:06 pm

The xx Coexist Details

As suggested by the slew of recent live dates that featured new material, London’s the xx will put out their second album, Coexist — the follow-up to 2009’s beloved self-titled debut — this fall on Young Turks. They’ll also be touring, so check out the dates below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 1, 2012 - 12:51 pm

xx Announce 2012 North American Tour Dates

The xx recently played their first hometown shows in a while, taking the opportunity to debut a few new songs. And pretty soon, those of us who live in North America — or, at least, a few select North American cities — will get an opportunity to hear those songs firsthand. The band just announced… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2012 - 10:54 am

Hear 5 New xx Songs Live In London

Lately, the xx has been out in London playing a short series of intimate gigs, gigs they’ve used to work out some new material. Friday night, they played London’s Battersea Arts Center, and another capture of new songs has surfaced. Here are five tunes, starting with the spare, Romy Croft-led track people were calling “A… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 21, 2012 - 9:34 am

Preview Another New xx Tune, Live From London

The xx recently returned to the stage for their first few small shows in quite some time, and they took the opportunity to debut some of their long-awaited new material. We already posted video of them playing one untitled-as-far-as-we-know new song. And now here’s another: A characteristically dark and catchy throb that ends abruptly after… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 17, 2012 - 9:56 am

Hear The xx Preview New Song In London

The xx returned to the live arena via three low-key performances in London, the third of which is Friday at Battersea Arts Centre. Last night, at their performance in Homerton, they opened with a new song, which you can hear a snippet of below. According to UK’s The Quietus, the new material showcases the electronic… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 16, 2012 - 10:14 am

Jamie xx – “Touch Me”

At about 49 minutes on the embed below, the xx’s sonic architect, Jamie, shares the latest iteration of his by now practically patented steel-drummed/florid-house dance music. There’s a disassociated vocal sample offering instruction in rhythm, there’s the reverberating sounds of an island getaway and tropical cocktails, and there’s the underbelly of a mid-tempo beat for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 1, 2012 - 10:34 am

Radiohead – “Bloom (Jamie xx Remix 3)”

Jamie xx is, it would seem, a true perfectionist. The xx’s producer has already released two remixes of Radiohead’s King Of Limbs track “Bloom,” and now there’s a third out there. His latest take on the track is about eight minutes long, and it’s closer to a straight-up dance track than any of his previou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 20, 2012 - 10:25 am

The xx – “Open Eyes” (Demo)

The xx have started recording a second album and today posted a demo from these sessions on their blog The track’s called “Open Eyes” and comes with a hazy video. Download and/or watch below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 25, 2011 - 1:03 pm

Rihanna – “Talk That Talk” (Feat. Jay-Z)

UPDATE: Also below, check out the full version of Rihanna’s “Drunk On Love,” the new track that samples the xx’s “Intro.”

Rihanna’s new album Talk That Talk is imminent, and we’ve already heard the radio-dominating “We Found Love” and the brand-new single “You Da One,” plus clips from every song on the album. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2011 - 10:03 am

Rihanna Hearts The xx

Her retro early-’90s-style club banger “We Found Love” has already blown the fuck up, and now we’re learning more and more about Rihanna’s forthcoming album Talk That Talk. A bunch of clips of album tracks have leaked, and perhaps the most intriguing one is “Drunk On Love,” which features a sample of the xx’s “Intro.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 10, 2011 - 12:38 pm