Yesterday we received word that Jamie xx was ready to put out his solo album, In Colour (due out in June). Today comes the first new song from the album: "Loud Places" featuring Jamie's fellow xx-er Romy Madley Croft. The track is a gorgeous slow-burning house ballad that may just hint at what the next xx album might sound like.
In a brilliant move, Jamie doesn't give the hook to Romy, instead throwing in a sterling vocal sample (thanks, Edwin!) that sort of sounds like a choir singing in the middle of a dark dance floor. "Loud Places" is all about the slow build, and there's a lot going on here, but before it all becomes too much bear, a very xx-sounding (read: skeletal) guitar line cuts through, bringing it all back home. Listen below: