The electronic musician’s debut solo LP ‘In Colour’ will be released by Young Turks on June 1 and features The xx’s own Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft, plus Young Thug, and Popcaan.
Speaking to NME in the latest issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, Jamie xx said that his bandmates have cameos on his solo effort because “they’re the people who I work best with”.
He added, “The [solo] album feels like the next part of what we’re all doing rather than just be branching off… It has definitely informed what we’re doing for the next [xx] album.”
Late last year, The xx confirmed that they had been working on follow-up to 2012’s ‘Coexist’ in Texas and Iceland.
Speaking to NME, Jamie xx also discussed the method behind his working process.
He said;: “I bring a field recorder with me whenever I go out – all the transitions on the record came from the chatter of people standing outside clubs”.
The ‘In Colour’ tracklisting is as follows:
‘Seesaw’ [feat. Romy]
‘Stranger In A Room’ [feat. Oliver Sim]
‘Loud Places’ [ft. Romy]
‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ [feat. Young Thug and Popcaan]
‘The Rest Is Noise’
Jamie xx is part of a new audio-visual exhibition set to launch at the National Gallery in London. ‘Soundscapes’ will see a number of musicians and sound artists creating recordings based on paintings of their choosing from the gallery’s collection. Jamie xx and the other artists will each take over a different soundproofed room in the gallery’s Sainsbury Wing. The exhibition will launch this coming summer.
Having already announced select headline shows for May and early June, plus festival appearances throughout the summer, the producer also recently confirmed that he’ll play a trio of gigs in October. These include London’s Brixton Academy on October 15, followed by gigs in Manchester and Glasgow. See all those dates in full below.
Jamie xx plays:
Liverpool Bombed Out Church (May 23)
Dublin Forbidden Fruit (30)
London St. John’s Church (June 5)
Manchester Parklife Festival (6)
Brighton Wildlife Festival (7)
Wales Green Man Festival (August 22)
Leeds Festival (28)
Reading Festival (30)
Isle of Wight Bestival (September 10)
London O2 Brixton Academy (October 15)
Manchester Albert Hall (16)
Glasgow Arches (17)