Posts Tagged ‘Jamie XX’

Jamie xx : Far Nearer (Single)

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Since today Far Nearer the actual debut solo single by Jamie xx, the beat genius behind The XX and collaborator of the sadly recently passed away Gil Scott-Heron, is out via Numbers. Premiered already about nine months ago, the sweet title track now comes with its own website and contrarily darker B-side “Beat For”, which is even a bit rave-flavoured.

Jamie Smith can be heard on the label’s show tomorrow. He will also spend the summer playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Field Day, Øyafestivalen or Germany’s Open Source and awake Summer Break.

Jamie xx : Far Nearer

Jamie xx : Beat For

Jamie xx x Gil Scott-Heron : We’re New Here : album stream

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Interesting promotional concept, pirate radio style: We’re New Here, Jamie xx‘ common re-work with Gil Scott-Heron of the same’s recent comeback album I’m New Here, is currently getting transmitted via radio senders all almost all over the world for free. Unfortunately only modern smartphones are able to receive the stream but there’s a huge number of transmitters in the whole UK and Germany (every Bundesland has at least one with even middle-sized towns among the spots), but also in the most parts of Western / Northern / Central Europe and North America. Find a map with all locations on

Meanwhile, Drake told BBC Radio1, that Jamie was going to produce the US rapper’s second album.

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx We’re New Here will be released on February 18 via XL Recordings / Beggars (Germany), February 21 via Young Turks / XL Recordings (UK).

Jamie xx : Adele, Gil Scott-Heron, Benji B

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While we were not able to handle Adele‘s undeniable and Grammy winning vocal talent so far, we can’t escape from the brilliant (re)work label mate Jamie xx just did on her new single “Rolling In The Deep”. Once again he picks up his steel-pans, consequently turning them into his acoustic trademark. The remix will be out on January 16 via XL Recordings (the single itself already is), the second Adele album named 21 will then follow on the 21st.

For February you can also except another intra-label collaboration, since on We’re New Here Smith (that’s Jamie’s real surname) remixed the complete Gil Scott-Heron comeback record I’m New Here. Two first foretaste were already launched last year, one in big format with an own video, the other “small” as part of a set; see below. Meanwhile, release dates for the announced Jamie xx debut album on XL and his first single “Far Nearer” on label fusion Numbers are still lacking.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the young producer has just recorded another quality mix for Benji B’s show on BBC Radio 1 last night. Find the result for download over at Pinglewood.

Adele : Rolling In The Deep (Jamie xx Shuffle) (Stream) [via Abeano]

Adele : Rolling In The Deep (Video)

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX : NY Is Killing Me (Video)

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX : I’ll Take Care of You (Stream)

Jamie XX : Far Nearer

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Eloquent, energetic and divers: Jamie XX‘ afternoon beach DJ set was without doubts one of our highlights at this year’s Melt!Festivals. Now Smith is paving the solo paths he’s walking on with his, yet undated single “Far Nearer” on Glasgow-London label Numbers, following a first, back then “Ytinifni” titled track on the Fact Mix of his home band troika The XX. A complete, yet as undated full-length by beat genius was promised by XL Recordings recently.

On John Kennedy’s recent xfm radio show “Far Nearer” was played out loud for the first time. The song comes in playfully with steel-pan sound, the diffident vocals may remind one of Burial and the whole piece is carried by catchy and sincere, but relaxed euphoria (… you … me …). Listen to and download it below (or here if the streams got taken down). [via Dummy]

Jamie XX „Far Nearer“ [Stream]

On October 22 Jamie will deejay at Dom im Berg in Graz, Austria, followed by a set at The Stiff Kitten in Belfast the next day. No need to highlight this young man’s bright talent actually, but we do it once again: Below are two volume speaking remixes (including his unbelievable rework of “Basic Space”) and an older mix he did for Parisian fashion boutique Colette.

The XX Basic Space(Jamie XX’ Space Bass Remix)

Glasser Tremel (Jamie XX Remix)

Jamie XX „Colette Mix“ [Download]
Electrelane : I Only Always Think
The Streets : Streets Score
The XX : Crystalised (DarkSky Remix)
Silentone : Beat For
Rossi B & Luca : Jah No Dead
Clubroot : Lucid Dream
Darkstar : Aidy’s Girl Is a Computer
Burial : Unite
Fantastic Mr Fox & Rich Reason : Lo-Fi-Ve
Joy Orbison : Hyph Mngo
Skream : Trapped In a Dark Bubble
Silentone : DUB PLATE 1
Aardvarck : One1
James Blake : Sparing The Horse
Boogaloo Crew : Hedgehog Sound
Zomby : Expert Tuition
Deadboy : Heartbreaker
Bad Autopsy : Psionic Terror
Cooly G : Narst
zed bias : To the left (test)
MJ Cole feat. Serocee : AO (MJ’s Open Your Gob Dubb)
DJ Champion: Motherboard
Bertrand Dupart : Ketokole (Boddhi Satva Ancestrial Mix) Fantastic Mr Fox : Plimsoul
Emvee : Glitch Dub
Dorian Concept : Trilingual Dance Sexperience
The XX “Island (Jamie XX Remix)”
Silentone : You’ve Got No Love (Feat. Nigh)”
Egypt “In The Morning (Original Club Mix)”

Melt! Festival 2010

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As already in the year of  2009 we presented you the most important and current information directly from the Melt!-Festival. 2010 the line up also promised a lot of good music and fulfilled all expectations and even more than that.  From punk sounds with Fucked Up or The Big Pink to electronic music à la Hercules and Love Affair and DJ Shadow the weekend was rich of musical highlights. This gallery will take you on a short tour through all days and stages at the Melt!.

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photo: Christoph Paul

Melt! Liveblog: Der Samstag

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Hello again! After our first live blog in 2009 we are finally back at the fantastic Melt! Festival to cover the 13th issue as it happens – including photos (by Christoph Paul) and some first impressions (by Thomas Vorreyer).

Sunday, 16:40: The end is near … After it’s implementation in 2008, the third issue of festival day number three, the Sunday, invites us to a smaller (three instead of five stages) but even denser cast day. While Kings of Convenience are currently stroking their strings behind us, the Post War Years, Fucked Up, Crookers, WhoMadeWho, Slagmalsklubben and of course Goldfrapp and festival headliner Massive Attack are getting ready to hit the stages over the day and night.

Alas, we got a bit kept away from the blog yesterday because of interviews and more. So here’s eventually our review of the complete Saturday:

Despite of the mild weather the day kicked off quite slowly and turned out to don’t enjoy as much as highlights as the Friday before. Although, our dear Friendly Fires, who told us their gig at Melt! 2008 during the rain and storm mayhem was their first ever, played one of the by far best shows of the entire weekend. The band machine appeared to be very well oiled by now and the crowd cheered them, waving and dancing as one. During the new song “Running Away” even transformed-to-balloons condomes danced over our heads – interview follows soon. Of course, the dance-rock of Holy Ghost was lenient in comparison, while Hurts suprisingly well filled the light, late afternoon slot between these two on the Gemini stage with the usual big-gesture pop grandezza.

In the meantime the main stage got covered in some rougher sounds: Blood Red Shoes stormed powerfully, but solid as always through their set and Dendemann demonstrated the numerous international guests, that in Germany intelligent and brave hip-hop and mullet cuts can indeed go hand in hand. Parallel to this Darwin Deez stole their hearts of the younger crowd in the Intro tent, before The Big Pink entered it to blow the not fully filled tent away. But yet their grandiloquent guitar-synthie rock may would have fit the man stage better then the bit dry Jamie T did – interview follows.

Next: dance attack! Soul-pop singer Jamie Lidell, DJ Shadow, Sinden and German band Die Sterne played live parallel to each other. And it might hasn’t been a knockout victory, but a clear one by scores for Lidell, who thus had best sound at the Gemini. Here then Hercules and Love Affair took over the mic and beats with an almost all-new set basing on their new, yet-unreleased, second album. Sadly, the new line-up and their stringently chruny Chicago-to-Detroit oldschool mix, including the even sphericly re-arranged old hits “Blind” and “You Belong”, were a bit too many news for the crowd and the set undeservedly did not enflame everyone fully. Still, they all stayed at the stage to get loose of their coresponding dance reserves at Chromeo, who turned their gig with some nice audio and visual show extras into a really good on, before the DJs A-Trak, Tiga, Carl Craig and of course German tiro Moderat (Fotos) took over the direction for the rest of the night.

Chromeo, DJ Shadow, Hercules and Love Affair, Melt! crowd (2), The Big Pink, Jamie T, Friendly Fires (2), Dendemann, Hurts, Blood Red Shoes, Holy Ghost, Jamaica

Saturday, 16:00: The Melt! Saturday has just begun and while we are looking forward to the likes of Jamaica, Holy Ghost!, Darwin Deez, Maskinen, Hercules and Love Affair, Chromeo, Tiefschwarz and Hurts (and to interview Friendly Fires and the Big Pink), let’s have a short and final retrograd look on Friday night. After Jónsi some strange sitar sounds led us to Yeasayer, where Chris Keating showed up with a vocal performance with all the sexiness and extravaganza immediately reminding us of Prince and, yes somehow, Michael Jackson in their greater days. One haven’t seen and heard such thing in  quite a long time and would have perfectly fit on the big main stage, where The XX were facing the mammoth task to present their intimate and minimalistic compositions within such a great frame. Apparently, they did it master it well. Key role was taken over by Jamie once again, who was enthroned behind a great, white X on black ground and a laser light roof drawn over the Ferropolis. He not only did rearranged the band’s songs but relined them with some heavy beats. And who watched Oliver trying out some unexpected, standard rock bassist moves, can may predicted the possible new direction this band will take from now on. Who, who already did follow this electronic path on his own, is Kele Okereke off Bloc Party. While his muscle-bound body satisfied completely, his set did only partly considering quite a few lengths in it. Too, not totally convincing where Foals, who played a – compared to their own benchmark – just average set despite a very driven Yannis Philippakis. Headling their own day stage at beach Modeselektor then didn’t reach the maximum as well, although guest appearances by Bonaparte promised a lot more action. Alas, it turned out to be just the addition, but not the desired multiplication of their forces. But still there was a 100% great end with the energetic live set of autoKratz in the Intro tent.

Autokratz (2), Modeselektor, Foals, Kele (2), The XX (2), Yeasayer

Friday, 23:32: Another round of diverse gigs lies behind us. We smiled at all the adolescence in the front row of Two Door Cinema Club, left the stage to dance to a brilliant dubstep-electro DJ set by Jamie XX at the beach (!) and got pulled away to the main stage again by our German heroes Tocotronic. Here, Dirk von Lowtzow almost enthusiastically greeted the crowd and praised the resistance once again and just for fun, while Rick Mc Phail was miming a modern god of guitar. This spectacle got followed by a delicious visual sandwich: a blue flash light orgy and loads of cheesiness by Delphic, lightening and thunder at HEALTH, who fantastically re-structured “Crimewave” into a new, even bigger version, and finally Jónsi, whose great, but complex and intimate setting and show was maybe ab bit too intimate for the big main stage and the oval in front of it. Now we are looking forward to Yeasayer, Four Tet, The XX, Kele, Foals, autoKratz, Modeselektor ft. Bonaparte and many others.

Jónsi, HEALTH (2), Delphic, Tocotronic (2), Jamie XX, Two Door Cinema Club

Friday, 20:36: Words race with drops of sweat towards the keyboard – this Melt! Festival has already crossed its melting point. It’ sunny and super hot here and after the Audiolith Pferdemarkt yesterday at the festival side and the Introducing party in Berlin (photos below) Bonaparte and Midlake could finally open the big party to everyone, while the Big Wheel Stage was surrounded by a sweating mass covered in dust and seduced by the fine tunes of Oliver Koletzki. Then – parallel to Ja, Panik and Pantha du Prince – Sweden’s finest, the Shout Out Louds, hit the stage. Too bad they prepared an undercooled set to fight the heat. But they were some highlights still: the undestroyable beauty of “Impossible” for instance or their short cover of “Walking Like an Egyptian”, which now stands in a line with “Train in Vain” from their 2007er Melt! appearance. Now Two Door Cinema Club, Jamie XX and Tocotronic are about to begin. Looks like everyone reached working temperature immediately.

Shout Out Louds, Converse Mainstage

Post War Years and Alexander’s Festival Hall, Introducing (yesterday in Berlin)

We recommend: Øya Festival 2010

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Once in a year the ghosts of Norwegian capital Oslo’s founding fathers get awakened by a great mass of people dancing to the soundtrack of the summer: This strange spectacle is called Øya Festival and will take place for the eleventh time from August 10 to 14 at the Medieval Park, a garden of history-charged ruins surrounded by the beautiful Oslo Fjord and the city’s skyline.

Here and at 30 different clubs in the near more than 200 live acts will perform at one of the – in terms of line-up – best music festivals around. And this edition will be honoured by live appearances of a bunch of legendary acts. So we hope, that Iggy & the Stooges will immortal underground hits like “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and “Gimme Danger” as well as “Search & Destroy” to Scandinavia. The US punk heroes are accompanied from Britain by the Modfather Paul Weller and Ska legends the Specials. Too, the genius behind Afrobeat, Tony Allen (currently well-known for his collaboration The Good, The Bad & The Queen with Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon), will come to Oslo and so will the re-united Pavement and the never-ending, spaced-out mega music circus that are Wayne Coyne and his Flaming Lips.

Speaking about living (US) legends: How, if not legendary, are the rap skills of OUTKAST’s Big Boi and Wu-Tangger Raekwon? Øya is also taking care of sophisticated rap fans and is doing that, not only by booking the two US heavyweight champions, but South Africa’s new global Zef sensation Die Antwoord and the by now highly controversial British rapper M.I.A., who’s riding the waves of anger with her brilliant “Born Free” and the ones of joy with super pop single “XOXX” at the same time.

And Øya could turn out to be a little family meeting for Mathangi Arulpragasam, since Sleigh Bells of her own N.E.E.T. Recordings label and ex-boyfriend and part-time producer Diplo with his fantastic collective project Major Lazer will play as well. They are one of our personal festival recommendations as well as the mind-breaking US boys of Yeasayer, moving UK trio The XX (see here for our interview), French cosmic popper Air (interview), Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox’ solo project Panda Bear and fantastic, but dark psych rockers The Black Angels, who are building up the festival’s rock front together with Norwegian icons Motorpsycho (performing their epochal 1994er album Timothy’s Monster) and Canada’s Fucked Up!.

But back to the girl power: Besides M.I.A., there will also be a strong pop fraction consisting three of best young talents (and voices) in the game. Just returned, body-talking Swedish fembot Robyn will bring her 2010er anthem “Dancing On My Own” on stage and UK pop wonders La Roux (interview) and Marina Lambrini Diamandis alias Marina & The Diamonds will try to steal her the show.

Need more convincing reasons for a trip to Norway in August? What about The National, Sigur Ros’ Jónsi, Girls, Surfer Blood, Ariel Pink? All really enjoyable acts. And there’s some Broken Bells and Miike Snow live action for you, too.

Finally dance music fans will get their money’s worth with probably the last gig ever on Norwegian ground, that James Murphy will play as LCD Soundsystem, and with Øya Nightime, the club program the festival will held at various clubs after outdoor events take a break for the night. Here the great likes of Jamie XX (Jamie von the The XX’ dubstep solo project), Hyperdub‘s Darkstar, Four Tet and The Whip will play some hot sets subsequent to daytime sets by Norwegian disco heads Lindstrøm & Christabelle or diskJokke (playing with Gamelan).

Oh and yeah, of course there will be quite a few other native acts from all different genres at Øya. So we picked two bands from Norwegian music scene’s spare head: number one is electro-pop act Pow Pow and number two Okkultokrati, who appear to have all the necessary features a really good metal band needs to have (interesting aesthetics for instance). Check them out, if you like.

A ticket for the entire festival costs about € 250 or £ 205. One-day or two-day tickets are available for smaller amounts. Check the official ticket site for bookings here. See the festival’s website here and the full line-up below.

Full Festival Line-up:
1349, Against Me!, Air, Altaar, Ariel Pink (performing Haunted Grafitti), Baroness, Big Boi, The Black Angels, Blood Command, Broken Bells, Camp Sounds, Casiokids, CCTV, Converge, The Cumshots, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Die Antwoord, diskJokke + Gamelan, Djerv, Field Music, The Flaming Lips, Fool’s Gold, Fucked Up, The Gaslight Anthem, Girls, Iggy & The Stooges, Imperial State Electric, Ingeborg Selnes, Ingrid Olava, Invasion, John Olav Nilsen og Gjengen, Jónsi, Karpe Diem, Kenneth Ishak & The Freedom Machines, King Midas Sound, Kråkesølv, La Roux, Lars Vaular, LCD Soundsystem, LidoLido, Lillebjørn Nilsen, Lindstrøm & Christabelle, Local Natives, Lucy Swann, M.I.A., Major Lazer, Marina & The Diamonds, The Megaphonic Thrift, Mhoo, Miike Snow, Motorpsycho (performing Timothy’s Monster), The National*, Navigators, Necessary, Obliteration, Okkultokrati, Oslo Ess, Ost & Kjex, Panda Bear, Paul Weller, Pavement, Pow Pow, Purified In Blood, Raekwon, Robyn, Rubik, Serena Maneesh, Shining, Sleepy Sun, Sleigh Bells, Social Suicide, The Specials, Surfer Blood, Susanne Sundfør, Team Me, Thom Hell, Todd Terje & Dølle Jølle, Tony Allen, Torgny, Trash Talk, Tune-Yards, Wardruna, The XX, Yeasayer , Youth Pictures Of Florence Hendersom

Oya Nightime:
Darkstar, Diplo, Eskimo, Four Tet, Jamie XX, Get Dancy, Kyle Hall, Kumar, Omar-S, Øyvind Morken, Punani SS Soundsystem, Sommerstad, Telephones & Chmmr, The Whip

We recommend: Melt! Festival 2010

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From July 16 to 18 2010 we (and thousands of other people) will once again pilgrim to five huge, steel-built machines in an old former East-German opencast mining. But instead of working instead of working in the mud one will go for a swim in the new lake and enjoy another three-day-long Melt! Festival at the fascinating Ferropolis.

This year the Sunday’s headliner slot was given to Massive Attack, who just released their new album Heligoland. Robert Del Naja & Co will meet a lot of stars, mainly from the electronic music scene, there: for instance doyen Carl Craig will appear on stage and so will Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn, Four Tet, Booka Shade, Pantha du Prince and Modeselektor, who will get their own Melt!selektor Stage on Friday to headline a night of favourite acts with an own appearance together with Berlin’s music circus / band Bonaparte, after their second project Moderat last year literally drowned in the pouring rain.

One can surely add the sets of A-Trak, DJ Shadow and Crookers plus the collaborations of Henrik Schwarz with Jesse Rose (alias Black Rose) and Lindstrøm with Christabelle to the further highlights, while the Ostgut Ton Meltdown will bring to not only the famous / infamous atmosphere of the Berghain club to a festival but a lot of the first artists ever appeared at the festival with its thirteen editions by now.

And this time Jamie from The XX will exclusively introduce the Melt! crowd to his new dubstep solo project live besides playing with his original band as well! Elsewhere The Very Best and Schlachthofbronx showcase new trends in global music like former Melt! acts like Buraka Som Sistema did before.

Furthermore the festival puts its focus on well-tried music. With Tocotronic and Die Sterne, two grandees of German rock will return to Melt! as well as the almost festival residents Ellen Allien and former German MTV host and DJ Markus Kavka, who will officially open the festival again. Get Well Soon and Blood Red Shoes will bring some 2008-edition flavour, WhoMadeWho are back again, too, and the Foals will finally make good for their last-minute cancelled gig last year. Hamburg’s Audiolith label another well-known and will present a free Audiolith-Pferdemarkt (horse market) already on Thursday (!) with live appearances by Egotronic, Bratze, Frittenbude and Saalschutz.

A 3-day ticket will cost your € 94  (plus plus pre-sale fee and € 5 garbage deposit) this year and a 2-day ticket (Friday and Saturday only) € 74 (plus plus pre-sale fee and € 5 garbage deposit).

See our live blog from the recent Melt! edition plus complete reviews from 2009 (sadly till now none of our headliner suggestions from then is featured) and 2008 here, the official festival website here and the complete line-up below. More acts will follow soon.

Melt! Festival 2010 Line-up:
1000 Robota, A-Trak, Mathias Aguayo & Band, Ellen Allien, Almeida, Ata, An Horse, Archie Bronson Outfit, autoKratz, Beta, The Big Pink, Black Mountain, Black Rose (Henrik Schwarz & Jesse Rose live), Blood Red Shoes, Bonaparte, Bonaparte, Booka Shade, Boris, Bratze, Broken Bells, The Cheapers, Chromeo, Carl Craig feat. Mike Banks, Chris Cunningham, Clues, Crookers, Danger, Darwin Deez, Delphic, Dendemann, Marcel Dettmann, Dirty Disco Youth, Dirty Projectors, dOP, Douster, Edu K, Egotronic, Empro, Fake Blood, Fred Falke, Marcel Fengler, Fieber-Tanzparty, Roman Flügel, Foals, Four Tet, Frittenbude, Friendly Fires, Fucked Up!, Marius Funk, Sascha Funke, The Futureheads, Get Well Soon, Goldfrapp, Daniel Haaksman, HEALTH, Hemmann & Kaden live, Hercules and Love Affair, Holy Ghost, Nick Höppner, Hurts, Ja, Panik, Jackmaster, Jamie Lidell, Jamie T, Jamie XX, Jamaica, Johnossi, Jónsi, Markus Kavka, Sven Jozwiak, Karrera Klub, Kele, King Kong Kicks, Kings of Convenience, Ben Klock, Oliver Koletzki, Kode 9 vs. Matyrn, Kraushaar & Gradmann, Monika Kruse, Lindstrøm & Christabelle, Luna City Express, Mala, Massive Attack, Markus Meinhard, Melanie Melancholie, Midlake, Miike Snow, Modeselektor feat. Bonaparte (live), Moderat ft. Paul St. Hilaire & Dellé, ND Baumecker, Mutulu, Norman Nodge, Pantha Du Prince, Ewan Pearson, DJ Pete, Philipp Poisel, Popof (live), Post War Years, Prosumer, Ptterns, Radio & Fernseh, RemmiDemmi DJ Team, Revolver Club, Riton, Saalschutz, Schlachthofbronx, DJ Shadow, Shed (live), Shout Out Louds, Simian Mobile Disco, Sinden, Skate, Slagmalsklubben, Steffi, Chrisitan Steiffen, Die Sterne, Tama Sumo, Team Recorder, Tiefschwarz, Matthias Tanzmann, Thomalla, Tobias Thomas, Tiga, Tocotronic, Martin Topley Bird, Trashpop, Trip Fontaine, Turbostaat, Two Door Cinema Club, The Very Best, Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn (live), Wareika, WhoMadeWho, The Wombats, Yeasayer, The XX