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

expect to hear this all summer long

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