TRACK REVIEW: The xx – Sunset (Jamie xx remix)

the xx sunset

 

Written for DIY

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…an xx remix EP. Released for free on iTunes last month but now on YouTube with some hipster lava lamp visuals, Jamie xx tinkers with a song he produced in the first place, and takes out most of the vocals until two minutes in. No offense, Romy and Oliver, but it works pretty well – where ‘Coexist’ became even more about breathing space and atmosphere than the group’s debut, this remix allows Jamie to scratch that perpetual 2-step itch of his, albeit in his typically idiosyncratic, moody manner – towards the end, the vocals drop out again, with a brief Burial-alike ambient sound like an approaching tube train. Gorgeous night music. 

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