danger in the dark
  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009

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There are drinks. There is light. There is dark. There are girls. There are boys. A club...things happen. Slippery, slow, and sexy things. Romance? Maybe. Lust? Most definitely. Sorry to be lewd, but this is the imagery that zips across my mind whenever the music of London quartet The XX starts to churn. Blame the band I guess.

Featuring dual vocalists in Romy Madley Croft and Jamie Smith, The XX make minimalist indie pop that not-so-subtlety traces the boundaries of r&b and soul music. Dark, moody, and sparkling with lots of abstract light, theirs' are songs that feel like those daring moments when brushing up against danger is an absolute necessity.

Recently, the band shot a video for first single "Basic Space", and not surprisingly, the treatment looks a lot like the band's music sounds. Contrasting dark and light, abstruse beams of light whipping 'round the band's brows; this here video is modern, stylish, and a little bit menacing.






See this and many other videos HERE

The XX's self-titled, debut record is currently available digitally via Young Turks/XL Recording. Look for physical copies on October 20th. The band also have a slew of dates scheduled. Yeah, we got you covered below. - David Pitz

The XX On Tour:


Aug 29 - Leeds Festival - Leeds
Aug 30 - Reading Festival - Reading
Sep 5 - Electric Picnic - Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois
Sep 6 - Offset Festival - London
Sep 17 - O2 Academy w/ Florence and The Machine - Bristol
Sep 18 - O2 Academy w/ Florence and The Machine - Bournemouth
Sep 20 - O2 Academy w/ Florence and The Machine - Birmingham
Sep 21 - O2 Academy w/ Florence and The Machine - Leeds
Sep 22 - ABC w/ Florence and The Machine - Glasgow
Sep 24 - O2 Academy w/ Florence and The Machine - Newcastle
Sep 25 - O2 Academy w/ Florence and The Machine - Manchester
Sep 27 - Shepherds Bush Empire w/ Florence and The Machine - London
Sep 28 - Shepherds Bush Empire w/ Florence and The Machine - London
Sep 29 - Shepherds Bush Empire w/ Florence and The Machine - London
Oct 1 - Cooler - Bristol
Oct 2 - Jericho Tavern - Oxford
Oct 3 - Cluny - Newcastle
Oct 4 - Deaf Institute - Manchester
Oct 5 - Captain's Rest - Glasgow
Oct 6 - Korova - Liverpool
Oct 7 - Bodega - Nottingham
Oct 13 - Lido - Berlin
Oct 14 - Gruner Jager - Hamburg
Oct 15 - Luxor - Cologne
Oct 16 - 59-1 - Munich

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The XX on Myspace

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