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Artist to Watch: The xx

Who: The xx
Where: London, U.K.

Something like a revamped incarnation of vintage U.K. group Young Marble Giants, The xx applies drum machines and subtle electronic flourishes to their minimal post-punk ballads. While post-punk has long been a crowded field, what distinguishes this quartet is its soulful boy/girl vocals, delivered in a near-constant duet and heavily indebted to modern R&B—a notion solidified by the band's stellar covers of pop divas Aaliyah and Kyla. The xx's self-titled debut album comes out in October on Young Turks/XL.

Listen: "Basic Space"


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Listen: "Basic Space (Sampha Remix)"


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Watch: "Basic Space"

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6 comments Artist to Watch: The xx

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 14:55

Amazing... amazing.. instant fan you just got right now.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 22:01

xlr8tr has been my number one site to find music. hopped on the train in October 08'. Just got a subscription to the magazine today. Amazingly I caught wind of The xx from Delorean's Desparamme blog. Any idea where to get blood red moon?

Arlene (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 09/17/2009 - 20:05

love love love them...

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 09/17/2009 - 23:52

Fucking righteous...

Joe B (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 09/18/2009 - 01:38

The closest thing I've heard to Out Hud since Out Hud, and that's a very, very good thing in my book. Nice pic XLNT ones

melanie (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/23/2009 - 07:21

they coming to chicago in december with friendly fires.
should be awesome.

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