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Review: Jamie xx - Girl/Sleepsound

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It’s been three years since Jamie xx released his last solo release Far Nearer/Beat For. His latest offering, the highly anticipated Sleepsound goes to show that the age old mantra of “good things come to those who wait” rings true. This is Jamie xx at his best. He has left the steel drums that were prominent on ‘Far Nearer’ behind in favour of focussing on his iconic, slightly off-beat loops.

‘Sleepsound’ maintains the characteristic hushed tones of his previous musical offerings. Upon listening to the track do not be surprised if you drift off into a trance like state.

Jamie xx has the ability to transport the listener to another world. Enhancing a trance-like state, it becomes apparent why he has chosen to call this track ‘Sleepsound’.

Jamie’s talent as a producer is demonstrated in his ability to mask complexity with apparent simplicity. To the untrained ear ‘Sleepsound’ is a simple and pleasantly repetitive track that you can easily drift off to sleep to but upon further listens, the complex layering is revealed.

‘Girl’ is a stronger track. It’s slick, subtle and undeniably cool. Once again xx uses his standard slightly off-beat loops and hushed tones. There is something strangely euphoric about it, with an ethereal quality to the production. This track perfectly complements the more sombre tones of ‘Sleepsound’.

‘Sleepsound’ really is a gem of a release. It is perfect for hazy summer evening listening.

Jamie xx is a wonderfully talented producer who clearly takes time and effort over each of his musical endeavours. He has carved himself an identity as a producer in his own right, separate from his work with The XX.

While you can hear subtle similarities, this does not sound like the castoffs of The XX’s unwanted album tracks.

The links between his two musical endeavours are tangible but not overwhelmingly obvious. Jamie xx once again has created a beautiful couple of tracks. It seems like this man can literally do no wrong.

Originally published on The Edge.




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