Awfully late with this, but now it’s nested in my head and it’s been haunting me for a bit. Creep with Romy of The XX on vocal duties.
Jamie XX ‘s rework of Gil Scott Heron’s NY Is Killing Me off We’re New Here
Based purely on the strength of the few songs that have surfaced I’d say Glasser aka Cameron Mesirow is a name to look out for. Her debut ep named Tremel was released on Young Turks, the same label that houses The XX and the production on her forthcoming full length is by Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid (Old Skool NYC heads might remember him as Dj Spooky, one of the guys behind the legendary Sound Lab parties). Those two also were responsible for the otherworldly ambience on Fever Ray’s self-titled debut album, which warrants my undivided attention. I must say I was quite surprised to see her on the Fact Mix pages but I’m not complaining. Do yourself a favour and check it out before everyone else does. Ear candy below:
Glasser Fact mix
Ever since their debut album dropped XX has had me hypnothised (and as they’re my 5 year old daughter’s favorite band I get to play them all the time, haha). I haven’t missed any of the ridiculous amount of XX-related output in any shape or form. You get the gist, I’m a fan! Anyway, recently XX band members Jamie & Romy have been on mixing duties. And unfortunately I don’t mean mixing down their second album, I’m talking mixtapes here… Parisian überhip retailstore Colette approached Jamie to mix up an hour of garage & dubstep for a super-limited Colette cd. Fusing cuts from The Streets, Burial, Zomby, Cooly G, Zed Bias, Joy Orbison, Skream, Deadboy, Dorian Concept and his Silentone alter ego… the tracklist essentially reads like a who’s who of nowadays bass music so it’s a nice introduction if you’re new to the sound.
Romy’s mixtape for The Pop Manifesto on the other hand sounds like one of those you used to make for a highschool sweetheart on your beat up casette player: nothing too obscure, there’s no actual mixing, just a bit of outro-intro business, but the tunes obviously have been carefully selected to convey emotion. Fragile, often female, voices not unlike her own intertwined with shoegazy, deep and moody soundscapes, sounds familiar, right? Starting off proceedings with a very energetic remix of Björk’s Missing You before switching into the sounds of Exile, a stone cold Massive Attack classic, HBMS and Smoke City’s scubalicious Underwater Love. Electrelane is an obvious inspiration and is also featured in Jamie’s mix. Both mixes, while very different in atmosphere actually have a few artists in common which might give you an idea of the XX tourbus playlist. Goldfrapp and Radiohead are daytime radio favorites but these gems fit right in. Three of my favorite 2009 tunes by Pantha Du Prince, Cooly G and XX support Mount Kimbie sit nicely in the mix before Martina Topley Bird, Elastica and Burial sign things off. A very enjoyable selection that’s been getting a regular rotation over at the Limited Addiction Estate…
You can download both mixes here:
Jamie XX for Colette:
Romy XX for The Pop Manifesto:
The XX was one of my favorite bands of 2009 (well, it seems like they were everyone’s favorite band last year) and they just released the official video to their song Islands. Numerous remixes of their tunes have surfaced, but for me the Nosaj Thing remix of Islands still takes the cake, if you haven’t heard it check the vid below.