Jamie XX – In Colour

As the main producer and founding member of The xx, the Mercury Prize winning trio largely responsible for a recent trend for understated, sophisticated pop, Jamie Smith is widely considered one of the most important producers around today. Away from the ‘day job’ his more dancefloor leaning productions and remixes have been met with massive critical acclaim, his 12″s usually sell out so fast they become instant collectors items, so to have the previously released tracks ‘Girl’ and ‘Sleep Sounds’ featuring alongside a wealth of new material can only be a good thing.

The debut album also features collaborations with his xx band-mates Romy and Oliver lending a familiarity to these bold, celebratory and emotionally powerful songs. Somehow capturing both the euphoria and melancholy of a night on the town this album stands alongside Jon Hopkins ‘Immunity’ and Caribou’s ‘Our Love’ as one of the defining electronica albums of our time.

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