Listen: Jamie xx - Alba
Jon Hopkins premieres a delicate, soft-jazz track from Jamie xx.
Music-wise, the last peep we heard from Jamie xx was back in November, when he contributed a score, along with Four Tet, Koreless and John Talabot for the silent film Continuum. Each artist made a two-minute track for the project, a hypnotising set of visuals focused on color, movement and shape, inspired by deaf children lost in dance to music they couldn’t hear. Prior to this, Jamie impressed with the elastic-dance track All Under One Roof Raving.
Last night, however, we heard a new offering from the London producer, entitled Alba, when it premiered on Jon Hopkins’ BBC Radio 1 guest mix. Stylistically, the track lays closer to the film score than it does to One Roof Raving, and is thus perhaps indicative of a new direction the album Jamie's currently working on may head in. Delicate and cinematic, the track is almost like a piece of hazy, muted soft-jazz from the 80s, its lullaby-esque rhythym broken only by a super-muffled, heartbeat-like drum pounding.
Head HERE and click at around the 58 minute mark to experience some new Jamie xx beauty for yourself. Alba is officially due out on Record Store Day (April 18th) as part of Jamie xx's Continuum 7-inch, pictured below.