JAMIE XX –
Electronic // www.jamiexx.com
AWAY FROM HIS DAY JOB AS THE XX’S SOUND MAN, Jamie xx has become one of the UK’s most treasured electronic selectors and producers in recent times. Despite his incredible Gil Scott Heron collaboration, and a few well received singles, this is his first solo album. And that delay can be heard in the precise nature of each track – everything is perfectly calibrated, every sound perfectly positioned, tweaked for perfect resonance.
The 11 track album is Jamie’s interpretation of rave and dance music, filtered, distorted and reimagined for generation xx. Nowhere is that clearer than on call to arms opener ‘ Gosh.’ Lego brick slabs of bass erupt and shift and mutate, with shuffling garage riddims underpinning things, until a quite gorgeous keyboard riff comes in and takes the proto- rave joint to the next level, unleashing a Seratonin bomb in your brain.
Fittingly, he’s got the band- members on board: Romy lends her vocals to twinkling house track ‘ SeeSaw’ and the euphoric ‘ Loud Places,’ while ‘ Stranger In A Room’ features Oliver Sims on a lonesome, stripped back guitar work out that could have been off their previous album.
The entire album is gorgeous, melancholic but uplifting, dark yet full of sunshine, with highs and lows. Album of the year contender right here, and one of the most complete electronic albums we’ve heard in a long time.