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Jamie xx

“Far Nearer”

Numbers

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The xx’s debut album was one of our favorites of 2009 due to the gorgeous harmonies of singers Romy Croft and Oliver Sim and the amazing production of beatmaker Jamie Smith.  Now Jamie finally returns with the finished version of his solo debut single “Far Nearer” and the timing couldn’t be any better.  While his minimalist style remains, the song takes on a sunny vibe as steel drums play over clattering drums and a pitched sample of Janet Jackson’s “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” sings “I feel better when I have you near me.”  And one thing’s for sure: we’ll keep this song near in the coming months, soundtracking countless barbecues and swim parties from now until Labor Day.

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Adele

“Rolling in the Deep” (Jamie xx Remix)

XL Recordings

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Adele’s magnificent new single “Rolling in the Deep” found her bursting with anger and seeking revenge on a track she described as a “dark bluesy gospel disco tune.”  The Jamie xx re-work of the song elevates it to another level and transforming it into a haunting, percussion-heavy that surpasses the original.  Like a previous re-work of Florence + The Machine’s “You’ve Got the Love,” Jamie xx features Adele’s sultry voice as the standout element over hand claps that evolve into a flurry of drum machine and steel drums.  The song evokes the spacious songs of The xx’s self-titled debut, with a chorus that is chopped and screwed as she laments, “We could have had it all.”  Jamie xx brings out the brooding passion of the original and created a re-interpretation that reminds us just how hypnotizing Adele’s powerful voice can be.