What Will The New xx Album Sound Like?

Since everyone’s going hog wild over The xx’s comeback track, ‘Angels’, we thought we’d speculate over what new album ‘Coexist’ might sound like when it finally emerges in September.

Clues? Well, a while back The xx launched a Tumblr. According to them, it features all the “inspirations + pictures + favourite songs,” which are helping them make their second album. The Tumblr isn’t just a striking collage of influences, it also provides us with the type of eye opening ‘All Back To Mine…’ style compilation we’d love to own.

We thought we’d listen to the assorted tracks and take a guess at what the finished product would sound like.


1) A little bit ‘dancey’

They’ve fingered the likes of Dauwd’s ‘Whats There’, Joe Martin’s ‘Sapphire’ and Interceptor’s ‘Together’ experimental electronic tracks with elements of shimmering Chicago house and Dubstep thrown in.

2) A little bit ‘Brit Soul’

From the robust 70s anglo-funk of Cymande’s ‘Crawshay’ to the modern day soul whirls of Mutya Buena’s collaboration with William Orbit ‘Spiral’, there’s more than a suggestive that album number two will have a definite UK-centric soul sound about it.


3) A little bit ‘David Lynch spooky’

Thumbing The Flamingo’s ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ and Chet Baker’s blub-some ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’ makes us think of a Lynch set thriller set in a 50s diner where Something Very Bad is about to kick off.

4) A little bit ‘ambient’

From Lali Puna’s ethereal re-tooling of ‘Together In Electric Dreams’ to Cocteau Twins’ ‘Cherry Coloured Funk’ (‘Otherness’ version), there’s a suggestion that there will be a distinct shimmering, smoky air to these proceedings.


5) A little bit like ‘The xx’ (but dancier)

Their debut, you remember had a sleeve full of abstract pics which looked like they could have come have from the inside of a microscope, well some of these new pics are similarly obtuse but have the distinct air of druggy, dancey psychedelics about the whole thing. A sunlit shot of sky, dry ice shooting up through a purple-blue laser, oil reflection coloured TV static.


With music so hard to describe, this collage is a great way to explain what’s going on. Album number two feels like it will be the culmination of all of their debut’s influence but with the added edges of their solo work (with Creep, and Jamie XX’s Gil Scott-Heron collaboration). We can’t wait.