The xx Bring Jools Holland Their “Islands”

Fresh off of a tour with Florence & The Machine, and a tour-memorializing remix of one of her Lungs cuts, the xx stopped in to Jools Holland’s BBC2 studio to perform the subdued and lockstep cool of “Islands,” one of many standouts from their debut-album-of-the-year contender xx. If they look baby-faced it’s because they actually are babies (the quartet are all 20), babies that preternaturally distilled a sultry, drum-machined minimalistic pop blend bands twice their age can’t approach.

xx is out via Young Turks/XL Recordings.