The xx-xx Vinyl LP
Comes in Vinyl Sleeve.
Song Listing: 1) Intro 2) VCR 3) Cystalised 4) Islands 5) Heart Skipped a Beat 6) Not Like Fire
7) Fantasy 8) Shelter 9) Basic Space 10) Infinity 11) Night Time 12) Stars
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 happen 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 Aaliyaah 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.