Video: Jamie xx – “Loud Places (feat. Romy)

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Jamie xx‘s forthcoming full-length In Colour feels big, like a culmination of the London producer’s most audacious efforts over the past five years. His 2011 album, We’re New Here, wasn’t a proper debut record so much as a highly reverent tribute to the late great Gil Scott-Heron. This much anticipated follow-up will be his first collection of released material to be strictly conceived and created by himself. Last year saw glimpses of In Colour: the Alicia Keys-featuring “Sleep Sound” and the rave-nostalgic club jam “Girl.” In preparation for the LP’s release on Jun 1 via Young Turks, Jamie xx recently debuted the propulsive drum ‘n bass anthem “Gosh,” alongside a swooning ballad-banger called “Loud Places.”

The track features the xx‘s Romy Madley Croft on lead vocals, supported by a chorus of 1970s crooners courtesy of Idris Muhammad’s ’77 disco cut “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This.” The singer’s voice has always felt beautifully despondent, but on this track she gets at a very different kind of sadness. She sounds uncharacteristically passionate singing, “Didn’t I take you to higher places you can’t reach without me,” her body anchored to the ground, soul falling upwards. Her interrogation is met with a response nearly four decades old: “I have never reached such highs,” Muhammad and co. sing on the sample, “I feel music in your eyes.” Watch Jamie and Romy skate around London at nighttime in the video for “Loud Places” and listen to the “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This” sample below.

Angel E. Fraden

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