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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.

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