I know, strictly speaking, this isn’t a ‘new discovery’ but Jamie xx releases his debut on June 1st. In Colour. Having heard his previous reworkings of Gil Scott Heron‘s last LP ‘I’m New Here’ (Jamie xx ended up reworking the entire album, resulting in the fantastic Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx ‘We’re New Here’) I’m very excited to hear his first outing on his own in full!
If you’re not familiar with the name Jamie Smith, he is a part of London based band The xx (hence the name) 2011 was the year we heard Jamie’s signature sound away from the band giving us a wonky electronic, uk garage remix of Gil Scott Heron, with some saying his remix album can be considered a masterpiece in it’s own right!
Jaime xx & Gil Scott Heron
Jamie xx – In Colour
For his full debut, it is fairly similar stuff (good!) Maybe toned down on the dubstep/future garage and given it a more clubby sound with a pop/chart feel on some tracks but that doesn’t make it bad at all. If you know Jamie xx then you might’ve heard some of the albums songs as they have been released periodically as vinyl singles over the past 6 months or so. Like the nicely chilled Loud places feat. Fellow xx bandmate Romy. But the standout track for me so far is I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) ft. a sample of title track by acapella group The Persuasions! Heavily aimed for the wider audience and the poppier chart scene, it’s starting to become a guilty pleasure for me!
Definitely a contender for the soundtrack to summer!