Red Bull Music Academy Radio: The xx

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The xx
The XX are four precocious 19 year olds from South West London (Baria, Jamie, Oliver and Romy), who provide the hushed minimal strokes of Young Marble Giants and early The Cure but through the minds of a young band obsessed with the R&B turns of Ciara and Aaliyah.

In fact they have gone so far as to cover the latter's 'Hot Like Fire' as the b-side for their first single 'Crystalised', and were 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 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 and as far as we are concerned, they made a good call and a great album. Conversationalists they are not, but the eclectic selection that comprises their Headphone Highlights does all the talking, swinging as it does from pop to library music and all the way round to punk...



Playlist:

Lauryn Hill - The Ex-Factor - Ruffhouse
The Flirts - Passion - Unidisc
Four Tet/Burial - Wolf Cub - Unidisc
Flying Lotus - Tea Leaf Dancers - Warp
Kyla - Do You Mind - Northern Line
The XX - Islands - Young Turks
The Distillers - Gypsy Rose Lee - Hellcat
Drake - Successful - Not On Label
Keith Mansfield - Morning Broadway - Jazzman
Cocteau Twins - Cherry Coloured Funk - 4AD
Aaliyah - 4 Page Letter - Atlantic
The XX - Shelter - Young Turks
Kelis - Like You - LaFace Records
The XX - Basic Space - Young Turks

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