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the xx are four precocious 19 year olds from south west london
the xx are four precocious 19 year olds from south west london who provide the hushed minimal strokes of young marble giants and early cure but through the minds of a young act obsessed with the r&b turns of ciara and aaliyah, having gone so far as to cover the latter's 'hot like fire' as the b-side for their first single, 'crystalised' and having first been picked up after recording a sensational version of womack and womack's 'teardrops'. having signed to xl sub-label young turks earlier in the year the band began to record with a host of the finest producers going, including brazilian giant diplo and up-and-coming hotshot kwes the four eventually settled with the option of recording at xl's in-house studio, with 'xx' eventually produced by the band themselves. this is an inspired, broken and uplifting record, packed with melancholic charms that recalls the suburban disillusion of the previous burial records and portishead's 'dummy'. this is a remarkable debut record from a remarkable new act.
Live Review: The XX @ Lido 13.10.2009
Despite their youth and the early stage of their career, The XX has already reached an astounding state of musical cohesion that many bands can only dream of. The voices of both lead singers (Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim) interweave seamlessly with one another and float atop their songs as if they were actually released by the same breath. Their music is tight and controlled, without a single hole or missed note; but it is also gentle and warm. Because of the quality of their debut album, The XX has quickly skidded into the place of exceedingly popular newcomers.
Written by Brit-Maren Schjeide
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