The XX - XX
Label: XL Recordings – XL LP 450, Young Turks – YT031LP
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Comes in a die-cut cover with folded poster with lyrics insert.
Contains a card with a unique code for a free mp3 download of the album.
A6 is a vinyl album only bonus track.
Released: 20 Oct 2009
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Indie Rock
A1 Intro 2:08
A2 VCR 2:57
A3 Crystalised 3:22
A4 Islands 2:41
A5 Heart Skipped A Beat 4:02
A6 Hot Like Fire
Music By, Lyrics By – M. Elliott, T. Mosley 3:34
B1 Fantasy 2:38
B2 Shelter 4:30
B3 Basic Space 3:08
B4 Infinity 5:13
B5 Night Time 3:37
B6 Stars 4:23
Bass – Oliver Sim
Design, Art Direction – Phil Lee
Design, Photography By – XX, The
Drums [Beats And Mpc] – Jamie Smith
Engineer – Rodaidh McDonald
Guitar – Baria Qureshi, Romy Madley Croft
Keyboards – Baria Qureshi
Lyrics By – Oliver Sim (tracks: A1 to A5, B1, B3 to B6), Romy Madley Croft (tracks: A1 to A5, B2 to B6)
Mastered By – Nilesh Patel
Mixed By – Jamie Smith, Rodaidh McDonald
Music By – Baria Qureshi (tracks: A1 to A5, B1, B3 to B6), Jamie Smith (tracks: A1 to A5, B1 to B6), Oliver Sim (tracks: A1 to A5, B1 to B6), Romy Madley Croft (tracks: A1 to A5, B1 to B6)
Producer – Jamie Smith
Vocals – Oliver Sim, Romy Madley Croft
Recorded at XL Studios, West London between December 2008 and April 2009.
Mixed at XL Studios between April 2009 and May 2009.
Mastered at The Exchange, Camden.
XL LP 450 2009 Young Turks. © 2009 Young Turks.
The xx have been all over blogs for a while now, and I first caught a track from them when their demos were leaked online. It was "Crystalised" and I was totally in love. When XX was released last week, I immediately bought it, and it has been playing through my headphones and speakers ever since.
The opening track, "Intro," is amazing on its own. Instrumental, if you consider their vocalization (without lyrics) an instrument. It sets the tone for the entire album, withe a chill yet building sound, and an ever thumping bass. The music seems simple, but fresh.
There are moments in the album where the repeated echoing notes remind me of early Interpol and some of the riffs harken late 80s new wave, but I have a hard time drawing real parallels to other bands.
Some of the lyrics make me nostalgic for a modern/retro 90s life I've never had ("watch things on vcrs, with me &talk about Big Love"), and the almost-fuzzy, understated-but-prominent male and female vocals, which both compete & come in as a chorus, remind me of some lazy love affair. Actually, the entire album seems to be an ode to this lazy love affair.
This really is my favorite debut of 2009. Incredibly impressive and something you want to get your hands on, I promise.
The band's female singer has a beautiful, sultry voice, and she's perfectly suited to the band's lean, taut style.
The xx - Islands
I think they have two of the most seductive voices I've ever heard.
The xx - VCR
The XX - Intro (Video)
Reminds me of the 80s. So ethereal and chillaxin'.