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Jamie xx – Girl

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James Blake just played this amazing new single from Jamie xx on his most recent mix for BBC Radio 1′s Residency. It’s titled “Girl” but was originally mis-titled “Bloke” by Simon Tallywhacker during the first play in last month’s mix by James.

He corrects himself in the beginning of the show that aired today – you can listen to that entire show by clicking here.

This follows Jamie’s recent single “Sleep Sound” that also spawned an amazing music video created with the deaf as they watched and danced to those with full hearing. Jamie’s band, The XX, have also begun recording a new album with the trio bunking up in Texas and even playing an open mic night to preview new tunes.

Jamie xx – Girl

jamie xx album

James Blake just played this amazing new single from Jamie xx on his most recent mix for BBC Radio 1′s Residency. It’s titled “Girl” but was originally mis-titled “Bloke” by Simon Tallywhacker during the first play in last month’s mix by James.

He corrects himself in the beginning of the show that aired today – you can listen to that entire show by clicking here.

This follows Jamie’s recent single “Sleep Sound” that also spawned an amazing music video created with the deaf as they watched and danced to those with full hearing. Jamie’s band, The XX, have also begun recording a new album with the trio bunking up in Texas and even playing an open mic night to preview new tunes.

James Blake debuted a new Jamie xx song

You may remember a few weeks ago, when we expressed some skepticism about a song James Blake played on his BBC Radio 1 residency called “Bloke” by an artist named Simon Tallywhacker who had absolutely no Google search results. So either we were dealing with a very underground genius, or with a secret alias. This week, Blake cleared that confusion up for us – he opens his show with the same song, but confirms its actually called “Girl,” by Jamie xx. Basically, it’s another excuse to listen again, but don’t worry – “Girl” will wind up on the same single as Jamie’s recently released “Sleep Sound,” so stay tuned.


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Watch: Jamie XX – Sleep Sound

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Illustrious Young Turks lord Jamie XX has released the film clip for his latest jam, ‘Sleep Sound’.

The nearly eight-minute video clip is unlike what we’ve seen from, well, anyone before; welcoming a group of deaf dancers who move to the sounds of silence.

Created by artist Sofia Mattioli, we see 13 members of all ages from the Manchester Deaf Centre filmed in a theatrical setting, dancing exactly how they feel in response to the vibrations in the air given off from the song playing.

Without giving too much away, the clip is moving and exceptionally inspiring, and seems to embed flawlessly embed Jamie XX’s new song from his upcoming EP ‘Girl/Sleep Sound’, which is set to drop in May.

Check out the film clip featured below.

Jamie xx: Sleep Sound on Nowness.com

Watch Deaf Dancers move to Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound”

Nowness on London-based artist Sofia Mattioli’s gorgeous video featuring Jamie xx’s new single, “Sleep Sound”:

“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me,” says London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli of the genesis of her video for Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound.” “After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.” With the germ of an idea from this chance encounter, Mattioli was asked to create a video for the Grammy-winning producer of Alicia Keys, Gil Scott-Heron and Drake, and member of The xx. During the course of one day, Mattioli danced with 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre with ages ranging from five to 27 years old, who responded to the movement of the artist and the vibrations in the air given off by the song. “The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work,” she says. “The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.”


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Jamie xx – Sleep Sound [ Video ]

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Con ustedes el maravilloso video de “Sleep Sound” de Jamie xx. En el video la artista Sofia Mattioli representa como la música no se necesita escuchar para sentirse. Los 13 protagonistas del video bailan y disfrutan al máximo de la música junto a Mattioli. Enjoy.

All the music around me was silence in my head

All the silence around me was music in my head

Love was all the silence, all the music, around me and in my head.

Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7

This week’s Tracking, the weekly series in which we discuss our current favorite songs, features music from Against Me!, The Antlers, Jamie xx, Yumi Zouma, Wye Oak and Mikal Cronin.

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Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7

Against Me!, “Transgender Dysmorphia Blues” / “True Trans Soul Rebel”
Gender ambiguity has been ubiquitous in the last four decades of American culture. From Bowie’s 70s heyday to the cult popularity of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” blurred notions of masculinity and femininity have almost exclusively been presented (and largely accepted) with glamour. A trans* person’s daily life, of course, bears little resemblance to such drag pageantry. Even in the best cases, a trans* individual faces a daily threat of suspicion and scorn, if not actual physical danger. This is the side of trans* identity that has been conspicuously absent in popular art, though there are some notable exceptions. Even fewer examples exist in music, the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch coming closest to (often brilliantly) dramatizing a trans* character’s internal experience through song.

So when Transgender Dysphoria Blues arrived earlier this year, it felt like a genuine breakthrough. Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace launches into her artistic outing as a trans woman by laying all bare. Referring to herself in the second-person on the album’s title track, which opens Transgender Dysphoria Blues, she spits an immediately iconic lyric: “You’ve got no cunt in your strut/ You’ve got no hips to shake.” This, of course, is meant to shock. But it’s not presented for mere shock value. By using the dirtiest word in the English language, Grace jolts us out of our skin and makes plain the anger and self-loathing surrounding her (seeming) inability to “pass” for her true gender. “True Trans Soul Rebel” follows and is all the more devastating, with Grace fighting thoughts of suicide.

Against Me! juxtapose the dejection of Grace’s words by smartly turning “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” and “True Trans Soul Rebel” into a pair of forceful stadium-rock anthems. Rather than distract from the pain at the center of these songs, the soaring guitars and walloping drumbeats instead provide intense release. This is what Springsteen meant by the redemptive power of rock. For Grace, the short-term pain that comes with truth is a necessary evil. The goal here is triumph, and it’s just within her reach. [Peter Tabakis]

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Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7

This week’s Tracking, the weekly series in which we discuss our current favorite songs, features music from Against Me!, The Antlers, Jamie xx, Yumi Zouma, Wye Oak and Mikal Cronin.

Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7 Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7

Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #7

Against Me!, “Transgender Dysmorphia Blues” / “True Trans Should Rebel”
Gender ambiguity has been ubiquitous in the last four decades of American culture. From Bowie’s 70s heyday to the cult popularity of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” blurred notions of masculinity and femininity have almost exclusively been presented (and largely accepted) with glamour. A trans* person’s daily life, of course, bears little resemblance to such drag pageantry. Even in the best cases, a trans* individual faces a daily threat of suspicion and scorn, if not actual physical danger. This is the side of trans* identity that has been conspicuously absent in popular art, though there are some notable exceptions. Even fewer examples exist in music, the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch coming closest to (often brilliantly) dramatizing a trans* character’s internal experience through song.

So when Transgender Dysphoria Blues arrived earlier this year, it felt like a genuine breakthrough. Against Me! lead singer Laura Jane Grace launches into her artistic outing as a trans woman by laying all bare. Referring to herself in the second-person on the album’s title track, which opens Transgender Dysphoria Blues, she spits an immediately iconic lyric: “You’ve got no cunt in your strut/ You’ve got no hips to shake.” This, of course, is meant to shock. But it’s not presented for mere shock value. By using the dirtiest word in the English language, Grace jolts us out of our skin and makes plain the anger and self-loathing surrounding her (seeming) inability to “pass” for her true gender. “True Trans Soul Rebel” follows and is all the more devastating, with Grace fighting thoughts of suicide.

Against Me! juxtapose the dejection of Grace’s words by smartly turning “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” and “True Trans Soul Rebel” into a pair of forceful stadium-rock anthems. Rather than distract from the pain at the center of these songs, the soaring guitars and walloping drumbeats instead provide intense release. This is what Springsteen meant by the redemptive power of rock. For Grace, the short-term pain that comes with truth is a necessary evil. The goal here is triumph, and it’s just within her reach. [Peter Tabakis]

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