It looks like The xx are at it again, ready to do to dance music all that they did to indie. The iron grip of Jamie xx tightens even more as the group moves to increasingly dancier territories, this time over a chopped Hall and Oates vocal. This tale of a relationship gone awry comes in a silver mirror sleeve so you can watch yourself ugly cry while listening to it.
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- YT164 / Limited indies only 7" on Young Turks, with an etched B- side, packaged in a silver mirror sleeve with a debossed ‘x’ and track title
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 December 2016
This will make a perfect entry for the next season of 'Songs Make You Laugh Out Loud'.
The hitherto miserable London three piece whisper sad things to each other in the standard way and one in which London Grammar could only dream. It's all emotional and stuff but that chorus with it's Hall and Oates sample is as catchy as anything you'll hear in December. The trick is the band doing absolutely nothing and letting Hall and Oates doing their thing. You can imagine how the song would sound otherwise and the word 'dreary' springs to mind so thanks Hall and thanks Oates and thanks (presumably) to Jamie XX for cobbling it on as it saves the song from terminal tedium and gives me an earworm I try to convince myself I can sing along to.
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