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Track of the Day: Jamie xx – Girl

Behind the subtle murmurings and the arpeggiated guitars of The xx, we all knew the most…

Behind the subtle murmurings and the arpeggiated guitars of The xx, we all knew the most prodigious talent was lurking in the background, armed with a laptop and hidden behind a baseball cap. Jamie xx is yet to release an album but has already made a name for himself as one of the most beguiling young producers working at the intersection of bass and post-dubstep music.

His new single, ‘Girl’ – the other side of his single ‘Sleep Sound/Girl’ out on May 5th – represents a different side of the producer. Unlike previous works, ‘Sleep Sound’ or ‘Beat For’, which were delicately constructed and fragile songs that threatened to shatter amongst the ringing bass,  ‘Girl’ represents Jamie xx at his most refreshingly straightforward. Taking cues from the in-vogue alternative R’n‘B trend, it is built from lock-stepping drums and subterranean bass together with a lustful synth mist that floats over the track, carrying the evaporating vocal sample with it. It is sensual, earnest and represents another impressive step in an already impressive catalogue. 

 

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