Their follow up to 2009's Coexist is on its way
The xx have revealed that their new album and follow-up to 2012’s Coexist will be arriving in 2016, with progress on the LP apparently going well. Hopefully we’ll be hearing some new songs too and catching the band on some kind of tour in the not too distant future.
The band were performing in a super group that consisted of Four Tet and Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa on Annie Mac's 18 November show on BBC Radio One when they unveiled this exciting news.
Taking a break after playing some tracks from Mercury nominated solo album In Colour, Jamie xx spoke about the band’s plans for the the new year and beyond.
"We start again in the studio tomorrow up until Christmas," he said. "It's going well and we're just enjoying it. We've been doing it for so long now. I'm really looking forward to wrapping that up as well."
Annie Mac also asked if new music would be arriving in 2016, then letting listeners know that guitarist and vocalist Romy Madley Croft was nodding along.
The musical trio have been globe trotting as they work on the new album, writing and recording in Texas, Iceland, London LA. Towards the end of last year, they gave an update to fans at a gig in New York and also treated them all to some new material. Lucky swines.
Jamie XX is currently the bookies favourite to win the much coveted Mercury Prize this evening, the electronic producer having some very good odds. He also spoke on The XX's new record and their recording progress last year in an interview with Fader.
Everything Everything - Get To Heaven: It would have been so great to see Everything Everything take the Mercury for their most innovative and definitive album to date. Get To Heaven has someone for everyone, between the infectious hooks of the lead singles, the hip-hop dimensions on 'No Reptiles' and expansive stadium tunes like 'To The Blade' and closer,'Warm Healer'. Everything Everything have given convention a death sentence with this one; it's about time. (Will Butler)
Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave: The crowning moment from one of Scotland's most criminally underrated acts. It's a towering accomplishment of textured cinematic misery and open-hearted, poetic beauty. It is so dark and gruelling many may call it a difficult listen, but the truth is that it's a pleasure to get lost in their sea of undefinable sounds - wondering somewhere between The Cure at their peak, Amnesiac-era Radiohead and the shoegaze greatness of My Bloody Valentine. But the truth is they're incredible in their own world and on their own terms. (Andrew Trendell)
The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It: With their fourth studio album, the ever rising Brits outdid themselves with their most richly layered and dense offering to date. Not afraid to go all out sonically with huge tracks like 'Something Like Happiness' and strip things back to heart wrenching basics with unforgettable cuts such as 'Silence', The Maccabees delivered on all musical fronts with their signature tweaks of intensity. (James Moore)
Laura Marling - Short Movie: To say that Marling, with three nominations already under her belt, might have been a safe bet for this year - alas, it was not to be. However that does nothing to undermine the ingenuity and beauty of her fifth album. Somehow both her most accessible, and her most bizarre offering to date, Short Movie is steeped in scuzzy Americana, and vocal inflections so expressive they rival even Bob Dylan's most divisive output. It's a devastating and ambitious offering, and might even be enough to end Marling's run of falling at the final hurdle. (Alex Pollard)
JME - Integrity: Controversial statement incoming - JME is the most representational and significant voice in UK music right now. Noel Gallagher, Gaz Coombes, even Jamie T - they're the forerunners of a bygone era. Jamie Adenuga is a rapper, philosopher (check his Twitter) and entrepreneur who has, over the years, cultivated a commercial brand as well as single-handedly reinvigorating the UK's most exciting musically export as current, Grime. Integrity is symbolic of everything Grime stands: a reactive innovation that's solely unique to young people in the UK right now. It's a shame that the Mercury Prize doesn't agree. (Will Butler)
Marika Hackman - We Slept At Last: This isn't an album that instantly demands your attention - rather one that gently creeps its way into your consciousness, its lyrics sometimes beautiful, sometimes sinister, quite often an intoxicating mix of the two. "Lay on your back, breathe it in," she sings on 'Monday Afternoon', "The sickly sweet of my rotting skin." (Alex Pollard)
Foals - What Went Down: Four albums and finally reaching their true headliner and arena-filling potential, Foals reached levels of greatness years ago - and What Went Down is just another milestone of a band worthy of becoming a British institution. With brute force and tenderness in equal measure, What Went Down is as punky as it is progressive. An intense experience from start to finish, Foals drag us to the tempest and pull us back into safety just before the cliff crumbles. What Went Down is the most daring and exciting record since their debut - an uncompromising triumph. (Andrew Trendell)
Gengahr - A Dream Outside: Putting a nail in the paint-by-numbers indie-rock coffin that the UK has been grieving over since the mid-noughties, Gengahr takes from the more left-field sounds of US alt-rock and makes melodic, exciting and blissful music that is still quintessentially British. Their debut album was suited head-to-toe in instrumentally daring manoeuvres and retains a levity without drifting irreversibly into the ‘floaty’ axis - A Dream Outside is more than just a promising debut. (Will Butler)
Du Blonde - Welcome Back To Milk: Surely one of the most underrated albums of the year, Welcome Back To Milk, released under the new moniker of Beth Jeans Houghton, is an assured, playful and enigmatic offering. One moment, it's poignant, alt-rock balladry, the next it unapologetically layers spiky riffs reminiscent of Red Hot Chili Peppers with Houghton's deep, expressive vocals. It's strange, eclectic and quite brilliant. (Alex Pollard)
New Order - Music Complete: Parting ways with a member so seemingly quintessential as Hooky would have been the death knell for most bands - especially those carrying the weight of a legacy like New Order. However, there's a compulsion, life and colour to Music Complete that renders this as their finest album in over two decades. From the Euro-pop brilliance of 'Plastic', the new wave revival of 'Singularity', the disco-noir abandon of 'People On The Highline' or Iggy Pop's guest spot on the existential anthem 'Stray Dog', New Order have found relevance in yet another era, and sound as essential as ever. (Andrew Trendell)
Public Service Broadcasting - Active in the musical world for the last five years, the band have conquered many of the festival circuits, but are still wildly underrated in our eyes. Amongst an endless sea of carbon copy guitar bands, this instrumental duo create uniquely lush and immersive cinematic instrumentals that are littered with fascinating samples of mission control dialogue in the never ending space race. (James Moore)
Four Tet - Morning/Evening: Concise, vibrant and beautiful duality - this two track, 40 minute album is a trip down memory lane for any Four Tet supporters and the absolutely perfect introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the London producer’s abstract mix of the synthetic and organic. An album of two parts, as the summer closes for frostier scenes, Evening/Morning flourishes as a record for all seasons and all tastes. (Will Butler)
Hot Chip - Why Make Sense: Continuing with their heady mixtures of joyful electronic pop and eery musical undertones, Hot Chip released what is by far their most refined and focused studio record so far. It's romantic yet euphoric, mature yet undeniably danceable. From the mandatory head bobbing of ‘Huarache Lights’ to the house infused sedation of ‘Need You Now’, Why Makes Sense successfully covers all the sonic bases of the fifteen years strong band with ease. (James Moore)
The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth: A decade in the making, The Libs had to go through years of tribulation before this triumph. Band splits, stints in prison, drugs, rehab, the works - the good ship Albion was nearly lost at sea. Their comeback shows could have just been a cynical cash-cow of a band raping the reunion circuit, but instead they inspired an album loaded with the filth, the fury, the passion and the poetry of the band you once knew, but raising their game with a mature songcraftsmanship that finally earns them their legacy. The good ship Albion sails on. (Andrew Trendell)
Chvrches - Every Open Eye: We think its criminal that Gigwise's album of the year 2013, The Bones Of What You Believe, was given a Mercury snub. Too bad that the same was true for LP No.2. Every Open Eye is just sheer pop euphoria. 'Keep You On My Side' is a sci-fi rush, while 'Empty Threat' is an overwhelming surge of happy toxins - brought on by the kind of soundtrack to those moments in 80s movies where the losers figure it out and come out on top. So shamelessly satisfying, this is the audio equivalent of high five. The true focal point of the record is 'Clearest Blue' - it's a mini odyssey of power-pop and the dictionary definition of 'banger'. It's so ideal and complete, that one can realistically hope that they may yet bloom into the Depeche Mode or Human League for a new era. (Andrew Trendell)
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