CURRENT: Jamie xx – “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” [ft. Young Thug]

Jamie xx and Young Thug team up for this In Colour track, following the release of “Gosh” and “Loud Places”. Jamie xx hasn’t delved into rap often, with the use of his reworking of Gil Scott-Heron’s “I’ll Take Care of You” on Drake’s “Take Care” being the most prominent occurrence. “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” is as optimistic as its title implies, and Young Thug is as fantastic as he’s ever been. He rides high above the glistening, tropical beat, giving the song a shot of adrenaline. The album version features reggae artist Popcaan, but even with Young Thug only, it’s readily apparent that good times are on the way.

Listen at Indie Shuffle.

In Colour is out June 2 via Young Turks.


CURRENT: Jamie xx – “Gosh” / “Loud Places” [ft. Romy Madley-Croft]

In Colour will be the debut solo LP from the xx member, producer Jamie Smith, and after delivering the sleek “Girl”/”Sleep Sound” single last year, he’s unleashed two more tracks from the album.

“Gosh” squirms and burrows through the ground, featuring some off-kilter rhythms that recall his brilliant work on his edit of Gil Scott-Heron’s fantastic I’m Still Here LP (titled We’re Still Here.)

“Loud Places” could be misconstrued for an xx single, but there are some subtle, significant differences to the structure of this song to the band’s output. The kinetic drum loop hints at this change, while a backing chorus helps Madley-Croft revisit the peaks of her former relationship.

With these two tracks, Jamie xx is taking bits and pieces of his recordings up until this point and transferring them into a new, highly potent specimen. He’s got the whole color wheel at his disposal now, and he’s using it to craft some breathtaking things.