Saturday, March 5, 2011

SXSW 2011 Preview: Jamie XX

Well y'all, this post is the first of my SXSW 2011 preview posts, in which, the artist isn't playing many times throughout the fest. However, as I've mentioned before that could all change in the blink of an eye. I'm not really sure what Jamie XX's real name is all I know is that he is one third of the uber-buzz band The XX. They released one of the most talked-about and gushed-over albums of 2009 and I, for one, am a HUGE fan of that LP. It's minimal, disaffected gorgeousness. As a solo artist, Jamie XX is mostly a DJ, in a live setting I would expect that rather than simply playing records he actually uses live-production elements to create on-the-fly remixes. At this point there isn't much material available to hear from Jamie solo, which is one of the reasons I am highlighting his SXSW appearance. There is a lot of buzz about a solo song he performed on a BBC Radio session, the song is called Far Nearer and has not been officially released as of yet. One of his latest, officially-released, releases is a remix of Adele's latest single and I can't stop listening to it.

Adele - Rolling In the Deep (Jamie XX Remix) video via YouTube

The ONLY show that I have found so far for Jamie XX takes place on 6th street at Barcelona. Anyone who has been there in the past can attest to how tight the space in this popular dance club is, so if you expect to see this official showcase I'd get in line early and expect to stay into the wee-hours of the morning. On that note, whoever books Jamie for an after-party will be staging quite the SXSW coupe and I expect there are already several bids in place for such an event to occur.

Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX - NY is Killing Me video via YouTube

I suggest you keep an eye on Show List Austin and Do 512 if you are hoping to catch Jamie XX in an unofficial capacity at the fest. As usual, I can not and WILL not be held responsible for mis-information relating to shows at or surrounding SXSW, so there!

Jamie XX - Far Nearer video via YouTube

Sorry about the shit sound-quality of the above video but as of this moment all that is around are radio rips. If you search YouTube for Jamie XX you can find all kinds of remixes both official and unofficial of various songs and artists you may or may not know. This next one has gotten some buzzed because Thom Yorke has mentioned that he is a fan.

Nosaj Thing - Fog (Jamie xx Remix) video via YouTube

To me, the above track doesn't SOUND like it is in anyway related to the Radiohead song Fog but who knows?