Jamie xx gearing up for first solo album

As the xx start work on the follow-up to 2012’s Coexist, the enigmatic member takes a sidestep with his own electronic record, built around three years’ worth of music

Jamie xx is putting the finishing touches on his first solo album. As the xx begin work on their third studio LP, their most enigmatic member is preparing to release three years’ worth of his own electronic music.

Jamie xx’s debut full-length follows several years of singles, remixes and DJ mixes as well as 2011’s We’re New Here, where he remixed 13 songs by Gil Scott-Heron.

According to a new interview with the Fader, the record is “nearing completion” and Jamie xx was recently overseeing mixing in New York. “There’s one track where I need to get the vocal on, but I don’t know who the vocalist is going to be yet,” he said.

The English musician also confirmed that the xx are working on the follow-up to 2012’s Coexist. “We’ve got quite a lot of songs that are not finished, but I’m excited about it,” he said. Compared to the last LP, “it feels a lot more free”. While the group were initially recording in Marfa, Texas, they are apparently back in London. “The most inspiring thing, really, is just not being anywhere crazy and just being at home,” Jamie admitted.

The xx’s self-titled debut album won the Mercury prize in 2010.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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