Artist of the week: Jamie xx
There is a rather provocative (but also quite enlightening) way to introduce Jamie xx body of work and influence over the last five years: he is the only producer, beat-maker and remixer that managed to work successfully with such a diverse array of pop artists that include Adele, Jack Peñate, Gil Scott-Heron, Florence + The Machine, Drake, Rihanna, Radiohead and Alicia Keys. But even more surprising is that it was still with the band that he formed with three former school friends, the xx, that he managed to release one of the most unanimous records of the new millennium and bring home the prestigious Mercury Prize.
Though he had released two singles under his solo moniker, Jamie xx recently released his much-anticipated debut LP In Colour. The album is arguably the most satisfying distillation of electronic dance music, indie and R&B you’ll have the chance to listen to this year and showcases a genuine sound and sampling craftsman that is able to turn complex song structures into irresistible emotional landscapes. A stellar release.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.