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    jamie xx's 'loud places' is the song of the year so far

    expect to hear this all summer long

    by Ben Barna March 27, 2015

    Photo by Flavien Prioreau

    Mark down June 1 on your calendar. That's when Jamie xx will release In Color, his highly anticipated debut album on Young Turks, that marks the culmination of an incredible solo run that began after his band The xx broke out with their 2009 self-titled debut. To celebrate the announcement, the British producer released a video for a song we feel is an early contender for song of the year. "Loud Places," which features a stunning vocal performance from Jamie xx's bandmate Romy Madley Croft, is a festival-ready warm embrace that samples a disco staple as its hook, and slowly builds towards something resembling ecstacy with hand claps and a beat that peaks at just the right time. 

    As for the video, it features Jamie xx and Romy skateboarding through a nocturnal cityscape, only to find themselves in a hail of techincolor graffiti. Whereas the xx aesthetic was starkly monochromatic, it looks like Jamie xx is going in a totally different direction here. The album cover below reflects that. 

     

    And here's the tracklisting:

    In Colour:

    01 Gosh
    02 Sleep Sound
    03 Seesaw [ft. Romy]
    04 Obvs
    05 Just Saying
    06 Stranger in a Room [ft. Oliver Sim]
    07 Hold Tight
    08 Loud Places [ft. Romy]
    09 I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) [ft. Young Thug and Popcaan]
    10 The Rest Is Noise
    11 Girl

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