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Highly Acclaimed Debut from London Indie Pop Group The xx!
Includes Bonus Track "Hot Like Fire!"
The xx arrive with their debut album xx - a whole new sound of love, loss and
longing. Gingerly dodging the storm cloud of hype hysteria that plagues
seemingly every other new buzz act of the moment.
The xx are a London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft
and Oliver Sim (who also happens to play lead guitar and bass guitar), Baria
Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler).
These four twenty year olds are childhood friends who formed while attending
southwest London's Elliot School - an academy whose alumni also includes such
acclaimed boundary-pushers as Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip.
Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive 80s guitar sounds and the high-end
sheen of American R&B, The xx's unique sound befits a band whose wide range of
influences include everything from Aaliyah to Cocorosie, Rihanna to The Cure,
Missy Elliot to The Chromatics and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.
In an effort not to draw too much distance from the DIY aesthetic of their early
demos, which were recorded in their bedrooms, they recorded their debut album xx
under no one's watch, other than engineer Rodaidh McDonald, at XL Recordings'
west London in-house studio. The result is a wash of sexy, coy, and sparse
rhythms and melodies the likes of Robert Smith, Massive Attack and The Streets.
• Vinyl LP
• Includes MP3 download of album
• Packaged in a Special Die-Cut Jacket
5. Heart Skipped a Beat
8. Basic Space
10. Night Time
12. Hot Like Fire (Bonus Track)