Jamie XX – In Colour

It’s been an exciting 10 years for Jamie xx. Since the release of the debut album from his band the XX in 2005, the producer has been involved in a number of artistic side-projects including remixes and production work for prominent artists such as Radiohead, Drake, Alicia Keys and his own reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album, We’re New Here. Off the back of this creative hot streak, comes his debut LP, In Colours.

Jamie xx makes dance music to move you emotionally as much as physically. Juxtaposing arresting beats with slick production values, he has created a lush, immersive soundscape to get lost in. Using spoken sound-bites of British film and radio, as well as nods to UK influences Everything But the Girl (‘Loud Places’) and Orbital (‘Gosh’), there is a streak of Englishness that runs through the album. The unmistakeable vocals of XX band mates, Romy (‘Seesaw’ and ‘Loud Places’) and Oliver Sim (‘Stranger in a Room’) haunt the record. ‘Seesaw’ and first single, ‘Loud Places’ have more of a straightforward dance feel while ‘Stranger in a Room’ sounds isolated, as if taken straight from the xx’s second album, Coexist. Elsewhere, ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ starts with a barbershop-style, Persuasions sample before Young Thug and Popcaan kick it into modern R&B territory while closing track, ‘Girl’ finishes on a very lounge-y, laidback note.

Jamie xx has come a long way in 10 years and looks to be forging a path all his own.

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