Jamie xx releases first
solo album "In colour"
Numéro meets Jamie xx, the electro music sensation discovered in 2005 with his band, The xx.
In his new album In Colour, out today, the young British artist invokes a sunny nostalgia whose hypnotic rhythms take you on an ecstatic voyage between subtle pop and ethereal electro.
After starting out with the group The xx, it’s been success all the way for Jamie Smith.
Since then, under the pseudonym Jamie xx, the young British musician has made a name for himself remixing, including Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, Florence + the Machine’s You’ve Got the Love and culminating in his 2011 reinterpretation of the album I’m New Here by American legend Gil Scott-Heron. After producing tracks for Drake (a duet with Rihanna) and Alicia Keys, Jamie XX, at a little over 25 years old, has finally decided to bring out the début solo album that everyone’s been waiting for.
With In Colour, he sets the tone right away: the music is just as ethereal as ever, but evokes a sunnier, more joyful nostalgia that, far from anaesthetizing the senses, transmits a pure warm feel.
On a trip to Paris, Jamie xx concurred: “Escapism, dreaminess, and an alternative to daily life have always been features of the electro music I liked. The ambivalence between the melancholy of certain tracks – echoing the feeling of emptiness that everyone feels at some point in their lives – and the joy they bring when a whole crowd dances to them totally fascinates me. This contrast between melancholy and euphoria is at the heart of my music