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free music friday: the xx
September 4, 2009, 7:04 am
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‘Do You Mind’ [Kyla cover]

This young quartet from Southwest London probably need no introduction by now, so let’s skip that formality and jump straight to the song. Having gained a reputation for cranking out a brilliant cover of Aaliyah’s ‘Hot Like Fire’ during live shows, and later recording it for the B-side of their single ‘Crystalised’, the xx went on to record a couple of other R&B covers for a Rough Trade Shops exclusive edition of their debut album, xx – namely this version of Kyla’s ‘Do You Mind’ and a clever reimagining of Womack & Womack’s massive hit ‘Teardrops’. If you haven’t heard the original Kyla number, released back in January, Wears The Trousers would argue that you didn’t really miss much. But the xx obviously liked it enough to give it the murky, expansive twist we hear on this broodingly suggestive track. Melodically, it’s virtually unrecognisable with hushed vocal turns from co-vocalists Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim curling passively like smoke from a small, intense fire around what might as well be an aircraft hangar rather than the tiny studio under Putney Bridge in which they made their album. A curio. MP3 after the jump.

Following appearances at the Electric Picnic and Offset festivals this weekend, the xx embark on a 10-date UK tour as the support act for Florence & The Machine before a mini tour of their own in October. Catch them at the following venues:

05.09.09 Electric Picnic, Stradbally
06.09.09 Offset Festival, London
17.09.09 O2 Academy, Bristol *
18.09.09 O2 Academy, Bournemouth *
20.09.09 O2 Academy, Birmingham *
21.09.09 O2 Academy, Leeds *
22.09.09 ABC, Glasgow *
24.09.09 O2 Academy, Newcastle * 
25.09.09 O2 Academy, Manchester *
27.09.09 Shepherds Bush Empire, London * 
28.09.09 Shepherds Bush Empire, London *
29.09.09 Shepherds Bush Empire, London *
01.10.09 Cooler, Bristol
02.10.09 Jericho Tavern, Oxford
03.10.09 Cluny, Newcastle
04.10.09 Deaf Institute, Manchester
05.10.09 Captain’s Rest, Glasgow
06.10.09 Korova, Liverpool
07.10.09 Bodega, Nottingham

* with Florence & The Machine


FREE MP3: the xx, ‘Do You Mind’ [via Pitchfork]

visit the xx on Myspace


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