Jamie xx premieres new track ‘Alba’

The xx drummer will release the song for Record Store Day on April 18

Jamie xx has unveiled a new song called ‘Alba’, written especially for new short film ‘Continuum’.

‘Continuum’ is a collaboration between visual artist Sofia Mattioli and electronic producers Jamie xx, Four Tet, Koreless and John Talabot. It’s been described as “an original score inspired by each contiguous two-minute visual excursion, with somewhat Kubrick-ian results”. Watch below.

‘Alba’ itself will be released with the other tracks for Record Store Day on April 18. It was premiered during Jon Hopkins’ BBC Radio 1 guest mix last night (March 19). Listen on iPlayer at the 58.00 mark.


Jamie xx recently spoke about both his band’s upcoming LP and his next solo record. Speaking to Fader, the London musician said that The xx’s third album is “coming”. “We’ve got quite a lot of songs that are not finished, but I’m excited about it,” he said, adding: “It feels a lot more free than when we were making the last record.”

The band were recently recording their follow-up to 2012’s ‘Coexist’ in Iceland and Texas, but now it appears that they’re working on the full-length back in London. He continued: “I think the most inspiring thing, really, is just not being anywhere crazy and just being at home.”

Jamie xx has also been mixing his debut solo album in New York, which “collects three years’ worth of music”. “There’s one track where I need to get the vocal on, but I don’t know who the vocalist is going to be yet,” he said. “I never really listen to lyrics, but I can understand [them] a little bit more when it’s spoken word rather than singing. It gets to my head a bit quicker.”

The xx recently told NME that they were “feeling inspired and ready to go”. “We’re definitely feeling inspired and ready to go. We played a lot of big stages on tour in the past year, and that’s something I’m sure will come through in the next album,” said singer Romy Madley Croft. “We’ve all lived a lot of life recently, which the new songs will reflect.”