The XX are taking the blog world by storm and I’m slowly catching on. Here’s the lowdown:
“the xx are four precocious 19 year olds from south west london who provide the hushed minimal strokes of young marble giants and early cure but through the minds of a young act obsessed with the r&b turns of ciara and aaliyah, having gone so far as to cover the latter’s ‘hot like fire’ as the b-side for their first single, ‘crystalised’ and having first been picked up after recording a sensational version of womak and womak’s ‘teardrops’. having signed to xl sub-label young turks earlier in the year the band begun to record with a host of the finest producers going, including brazilian giant diplo and up-and-coming hotshot kwes the four eventually settled with the option of recording at xl’s in-house studio, with ‘xx’ eventually produced by the band themselves. this is a inspired, broken and uplifting record, packed with melancholic charms that recalls the suburban disillusion of the previous burial records and portishead’s ‘dummy’. this is a remarkable debut record from a remarkable new act.” -rough trade
Now, judge for yourself. Here’s the new video for “Basic Space”, followed by the previous “Crystalised”.