The XX bless us with their sexy, somewhat sombre debut offering

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This summer’s Dot to Dot festival saw many of Bristol’s music fans get excited about live shows from Patrick Wolf, Friendly Fires and of course Ladyhawke. Here at Wonky towers, however, we couldn’t wait for an appearance from credible London scenesters The xx. The four-piece, who boast a twenty-something average age and look like they just stepped out of an issue of i-D magazine, first got us going when we got a sample of their gloomy yet soulful DIY sound through Myspace. Their influences are diverse and include everyone from The Pixies to The Kills to the more RnB inspired sounds of Aaliyah and Ginuwine (during their Timbaland years, of course) and if you’re not already in the know, Monday 17th sees the band release their debut album ‘XX’. NME are already all over this lot so Wonky is hoping they score a spot of success with the release as this is a youthful troupe of talent who deserve the chance to stick around and let their sound grow.

In our opinion, ‘Crystalised’ is still the most beautiful track on the album and whilst it takes on a moody edge similar to songs like ‘Basic Space’ and ‘Stars’ there are uplifting elements to the album, especially in lead singers’ Oliver’s and Romy’s soulfully cool voices. XX boasts the kind of admirable naivety that makes you love a debut album and if we spent our nights walking through the city with nothing but our i-pods for company than this is who we’d do it with. So, start getting into them if you aren’t already and scour the Internet for London DJ Duo Pariah’s remix of ‘Basic Space’ – its a beauty.

The xx – Crystalised

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BY AL MULHALL