The XX

The XXThe XX are an indie pop quartet from London, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar respectively), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar), and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler). Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive ’80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The XX’s unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences include everything from Aaliyah to Cocorosie, Rihanna to The Cure, Missy Elliott to The Chromatics, and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.

These diverse influences are combined via beautiful, hushed vocal duets and a brilliantly inventive use of samples and low-end frequencies to produce the stark, sweet melancholic pop of their stunning debut album. There is little doubt that these youngsters are going to become big, so keep an eye on them.

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