The beat, the sample, the vocals, the lyrics – this is just a transcendent track and an instant classic from my favorite record of the year. Congrats to Jamie on such a massive year.
Jamie xx’s In Colour is my favorite album of the year and it isn’t even close. It’s increasingly rare as I get older, but every once in awhile a record comes along that’s perfectly in tune with what you want to hear. In Colour is very much of the moment but also has the unmistakable feel of an instant classic that will still sound great many years into the future. I love The xx and from the first time I saw them live considered Jamie their secret weapon. His 2011 single “Far Nearer” was the theme song to my annual playlist and a track I virtually wore into the ground. I know I wasn’t alone in desperately hoping there was more where that came from and when he started releasing singles like “Sleep Sound”, “Girl” and “Under One Roof Raving” last year the anticipation grew that we may finally get what we wanted. After the near perfection of “Loud Places” and its glorious Idris Muhammad sample reached the surface I actually found myself wondering if the LP could possibly live up to the hype. While that track is without question the album’s centerpiece and In Colour also featured two of the three earlier singles, there was still plenty of high quality music to digest. “The Rest Is Noise”, for example, sounds like the result of a young producer in familiar territory beginning to work at the very height of his powers, in full control and pushing the music exactly where he wants it to go. I think the record works remarkably well together and I was happy to buy it on vinyl on the day of its release, something reserved these days almost strictly for Thom Yorke output as long as James Murphy stays retired. The critical reception has been resoundingly positive and in this instance I’m happy to add to the chorus.
It wasn’t going to take much to sell me on a Jamie xx solo album but this first single featuring Romy from The xx is simply transcendent. Jamie is setting the bar very high for this record with what is very likely my favorite track of 2015. The accompanying b-side “Gosh” goes in a completely different direction but does nothing but help build the excitement for this highly anticipated release.
I discovered this track via Jamie xx’s Boiler Room TV session which is excellent in its own right. It’s been awhile since a song had such an immediate impact. These guys are officially on my radar now.
Heard this teased out on the radio in December and have been waiting patiently ever since. Jamie certainly has a style and a sound palette but it’s one that continues to work for me. He also knocked out an excellent two part mix with John Talabot for Beats In Space that is available to stream or download.
I have to be honest and say that I’ve never been the biggest fan of UK rappers. TY and Roots Manuva being exceptions to the rule. But I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Ghostpoet this week via Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Podcast where he discussed roots, influences and his own trajectory as an artist. I guess technically Ghostpoet would be categorized as a rapper but what he’s doing feels alot more interesting – much closer to Jamie xx’s treatment of Gil Scott-Heron or even James Blake in terms of production. There are some exciting new sounds bubbling up out of London these days and I can safely add Ghostpoet to that growing list.