Putney’s primary monochromic miserablists The xx seem to be a more or less permanent fixture in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge – they’re in as often as Edith Bowman most probably. Alas, they were absent when we were in a couple weeks back, but they were again present and correct for the umpteenth time this year last night as they uttered dulcet mumbles and transmogrified Kings of Tomorrow’s deep house classic Finally into a smouldering, typically reverb-sodden, though atypically upbeat romp. I tend to veer clear of the trio’s unorthodox versions – their take on Last Christmas is something I did without throughout the festive season – though this one ranks right up there with that ATB interlude they used to chuck into Shelter with an unerring precision. It works just as potently and arguably betters even the Layo & Bushwacka! job on this same song, not least as Romy Madley Croft’s doleful, smoky moan couldn’t be of a starker contrast to the soulful bellows of Julie McKnight, though primarily as it again exhibits Jamie Smith’s ever increasing dexterity behind those translucent decks of his. Embellished with Tour de France synths and dishy scoops of primordial minimal techno rhythms, there’s never a wait for another Live Lounge reduxx, just as there’s little to wonder about as and when it comes to The xx though this one proffers plenty to think about.
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- I'll cut the hackneyed platitudes, but bloody hell, if you ever get the opportunity to go see @serafinasteer, do. http://t.co/SjqnAOsE33 about 1 day ago from web
- Dots & Dashes' Track of the Week comes from the (mercifully) returning @sharonvanetten. Stream Taking Chances: http://t.co/B09ON2VXEW about 2 days ago from web
- The bad news? That Neutral Milk Hotel, Mac DeMarco and Xiu Xiu all play that night, too: http://t.co/lEcyTwO8Dp about 2 days ago from web
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