Far Nearer / Beat For - EP

June 6, 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2011
  • Label: Numbers
  • Copyright: 2011 Numbers
  • Total Length: 12:35
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  • ASIN: B0053N2HZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,222 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mikedoeseverything on June 6, 2011
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Jamie xx fans should already be familiar with the title track and opener "Far Nearer." Making its debut earlier this February, the leaked track was unfinished and rather unpolished-sounding but many were already attributing the tune (and its B-side, "Beat For") to the late Gil Scott-Heron/Jamie xx remix project. Months later, it is finally revealed that both tracks are part of a larger project: the first official Jamie xx solo LP. Jamie xx is an unusual producer. As the xx's official percussionist/beatsmith, Jamie has pioneered the use of the MPC as a drumming tool. He has even moved on to become an accomplished and highly sought-after remix artist.

Everyone's saying it now, "Far Nearer" is going to be soundtracking the rest of their summer for this year. It's quite the unconventional track, really: steel drums, warped vocals, deep bass and a tinge of sunshine. It's no wonder Jamie xx has been receiving so much publicity. Every track he produces sounds absolutely original. Blogs and music reviewers alike have been parading the term "post dubstep" and "British" to describe the Jamie xx sound but really, it's something completely new and different. Even the B-side track, "Beat For," strays from the warm poppy goodness of "Far Nearer" and enters dark(er) territory, which some could, if they really wanted to, label as post dubstep; akin to a more James Blake/Mount Kimbie-like style of production.
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