Jamie xx has been keeping himself busy while his main gig — working as one third of the xx — has been on pause, releasing a remix album with the late, great Gil Scott-Heron, extending his remix services to other artists and teasing us with original solo material. We’ve been listen to Jamie’s first solo single “Far Nearer” in one form or another for almost a year now, but thankfully, Numbers released the final version early this morning. Do yourself a favor and let this steel drum paean soundtrack your summer.
“Far Nearer” is accompanied by “Beat For,” which is just as remarkable as the its wax neighbor. Where “Far Nearer” is soulful, lively and fit for summer, “Beat For” is cavernous, penetrating and wholly consuming. Both singles showcase Jamie xx’s outstanding talent for crafting sounds that ring around your brain where they make themselves at home.
Jamie xx – “Far Nearer”
STREAM: Jamie xx – “Beat For”
You can purchase the Far Nearer/Beat For single here.