A new song from Jamie xx, the producer behind the stylish, seductive British trio The xx, manages to push his sound in new directions while getting back to bedroom basics.
The xx's epochal debut album thrived on a blueprint almost as simple as the band's name: seduction and ... wait for it ... suspense. The marriage of spacious production and sultry vocals seems like a cliché today, but when singers Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft and producer Jamie xx came together in 2009, it was a revelatory combination. In the five years since, Jamie xx appeared to resist any urge to hone that same vibe on his own singles — "Far Nearer" and "Beat For" in 2011, and "Sleep Sound" from earlier this year – but on his latest song, "Girl," the sexual tension is back, and for the better. This doesn't exactly sound like The xx — the tempo is higher and the bass has more bounce — but while Jamie xx's shift in aesthetics ensured he wasn't pigeonholed, this corner of the bedroom seems to be where he's most comfortable. "Girl" is his best tune yet.
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