Very exciting little sneak preview of the album that is soon to come from Jamie xx. Gosh has a typically Jamie clippedness to the rhythm, overlaid here with a suitably ‘oh my gosh’ vocal sample. Halfway through an almost organ-like drone-melody joins the party. Proper one-sided white label 12” on Young Turks.
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- Gosh by Jamie xx
6/10 Laurie Staff review, 06 May 2015
Let me introduce to you, the music folk, the newly-gentrified Jamie XX with a track called ‘Gosh’ on an obnoxiously decadent/immoral single sided 12”. Originally inspired by an exclamation by one of those hotshot socialites on Made In Chelsea, ‘Gosh’ sees the beatier X on home turf, vocal chops ‘n’ all.
It all starts as you’d expect it to, with some Brits yelling ‘oh my gosh’ and some frankly uninspired basswork, but those shuffly hats like sawn cardboard bringing a clear Four Tet feel, though really this shouldn’t be a ‘pick out one sound’ sort of deal - so Jamie responds with an unexpectedly positive mood swing towards the second half, bringing back some of the early rave vibes. But taking this to be the minimal counterpart to the excellent ‘Girl/Sleep Sound’, it feels more like a B side, and merely treading water.
1/10 Andrew Customer review, 31st May 2015
If you are in the mood for a track that conjures up the spectre of Channel 5 producing some kind of 'I Love 92 Hardcore' nostalgia programme soundtracked by someone who has heard the Prodigy's 'Outta Space', but has mostly been doing coke with his public school chums whilst listening to Major Lazer then this is a treat. Otherwise then give this a wide bearth as it stinks.
If you yearn for a hit of rave, or dream of rushing from the combination of a hype man and a breakbeat, then do yourself a favour and just dig out that 6 cassette pack of Utopia tapes from the loft. Failing that just type the words Original Nuttah or Spliffhead into you tube and relish a real hit of UK rudeboy action. Just don't buy this piece of misunderstood cultural misappropriation by the newly anointed broadsheet boy wonder. I liked and bought his Gil Scott-Heron work, his Adele and Florence remix as well as his solo 12's up to now. But this just grates - as does his attack upon Idris Muhammad's wondrous 'Could Heaven Ever Feel Like This' on the insipid 'Loud Places' featured on his new album.
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