Jamie xx Plots New Double-Sided Solo Single and DJ Tour

Jamie xx

Currently in the midst of a 25-date tour playing intimate venues with The xx, Jamie xx will release an AA-side single — “Girl”/”Sleep Sound” — on May 6, 2014 on Young Turks. The single will be Jamie xx’s first solo release since 2011 when he issued his debut single, “Far Nearer,” and We’re New Here, his collaborative reinterpretation of Gil Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here album. An accompanying DJ tour kicks off at Verboten in Brooklyn, NY on March 28. As you can hear on the YouTube video below, “Sleep Sound” is a lush and wonderfully deep track. We’d expect nothing less from Jamie.

Jamie XX DJ Dates

March 28th Zeitgeist @ Verboten, New York, US
May 24th Love Saves The Day, Bristol, UK
May 25th Life Festival, Dublin, Ireland
May 28th Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
May 30th Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
June 7th Field Day, London, UK
June 8th Parklife, Manchester, UK
June 12th Unknown Festival, Rovinj, Croatia
July 5th Astropolis, Brest, France
August 3rd Dekmantel Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 8th Flow Festival, Helsinki, Finland

Album Review: Sasha / ‘Involv3r’ (Ministry of Sound)

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★★★☆☆

Nearly ten years since the first Involver compilation and five since volume two, Sasha’s Balearic teaching is still resonant and relevant. Building, taking his time, showing clubbers where to go and what to do when the sun begins its descent, he of a golden age of superstar DJs works up a deep tech house session with as much relish for loosening up and keeping going.

Effortlessly fluent, personally guiding the sun down himself like an airport marshal, Sasha’s set hums sagely while a wiry girly or candle flickering vocal usually wraps itself around the settings (Ultraísta’s “Smalltalk,” Sasha’s own “Shoot You Down”), while ThermalBear’s “Turn the Tide” plays patron for deep and stylish grooves with ripples of expectancy and vim. Remixing The xx, Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka, Ananda Project James Zabiela and more to fit the cause would lead to whispers on the merits of re-tuning all on his terms, were the mix not so accessible in its EDM shushing.

Propped up by a more travel-sized ambient mix, Sasha distils and cleanses the essence of disc one’s contributors. On the surface it just seems to be in thought with itself or has simply lessened the pulse of the source on a two-for-one basis, but is such that the pair become perfect partners as separate entities. Mind soul and body all taken care of, which has always been Sasha’s game.

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