[caption id="attachment_11756" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="Jamie xx performs in Manchester, UK, June 2011. Photo: Ben Statham/Redferns"][/caption]
Behold BBC Radio 1's latest Essential Mix featuring the XX's Jamie xx. The twenty-three-year-old Brit has been the source of much buzz within the dance community this past year. This attention stems largely from his brilliantly addictive remixes of pop artists like Florence + the Machine and Adele, as well as his work on the experimental We're New Here remix collaboration with the late, great Gil Scott-Heron. This mix is propelled by the same mentality that we expect was integral to his work with Scott-Heron: creatively mixing the old with the new.
During the two-hour set, Jamie weaves in and out of a deep knowledge of classic house records and more recent production. For example, he has no qualms with sandwiching a light '70s disco record between the Anette Party's newer dance banger, "Moreno" and Mr Beatnick's recent melodic minimal tech release, "Synthetes." It's an interesting composition where nothing ever rides out to its peak, but instead falls beautifully into step with something that, generally speaking, it shouldn't. This is the type of mix where trance build-ups break into the glitchy clatter of James Blake, and it just works.
If you stick it out to the end, you'll hear Jamie xx's new remix of Radiohead's "Bloom," a track that's set for release via Radiohead's TKOL RMX 1234567 project on October 10th.