Jamie xx – Untitled (Unreleased)
There’s something magical about Jamie xx’s music. It’s brisk and almost violent in the way that it sucks you in, whirls you around, and then spits you out at the other end, only to leave you gasping for air. But, almost like a drug, you go back for seconds, thirds, and even find yourself listening to it on repeat for days on end. I’ve done exactly that to his latest ‘Untitled’ and Unreleased track since it mysteriously featured on Pional’s FACT Mix (and soon got uncovered as a track that Jamie played live during one of The xx’s Night + Day festivals this summer).
The track starts with this complex array of pitched harps, soon undercut by a hum of a beat. Its collapse into the floating and dance-oriented section brings with it an immense control of your emotions, with layer upon layer of choral vocal samples, industrial beats and the hiss of textured symbols submerging one into its depths. As usual, but most notably within this track, the subtlety of his complex hums shines through.
This brings me onto my next point, which is how Jamie merges cluttered and discordant sounds so as to make them formulate an irreprehensible balance. It’s in this balance that some kind of euphoria nestles and slowly corrodes any sense you may have formerly had of time, space and reason, only to reunite you with them once the song is over. You still feel dazed and woozy as its hypnosis gradually wears off, but there’s a definite sense of having interfaced with a pure piece of art, and this proves to be an incredibly nourishing feeling. It’s this manifestation of power in his music that makes him one of the most talented producers today, and I can’t help but feel excited for what this track could mean for us fans – perhaps an album?? Who knows, but for now I’m pretty content with this track being played on repeat. Grab it as a free download by clicking the ‘Buy’ tab on the Soundcloud player and immerse yourself in its bottomless complexity.