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.