Didn’t I Take You To Higher Places You Can’t Reach Without Me?

Drew posted this last week but on the off chance that there’s anyone who missed it there or who reads this but not Across The Kitchen Table I’m going to share it here today. I’ve been playing it daily since I first heard it. John Talabot’s remix of Jamie Xx’s Loud Places. Drew called it mesmerising- which it definitely is. Add euphoric. And gorgeous. At ten minutes long, if you click replay twice that’s half an hour of your day gone in a blissful haze, lost with that line or two of Romy’s vocal isolated and repeated, and those wonderful drum patterns and synths. Between them Jamie, Romy and John also nail the happiness/sadness that is part of dance music and club culture- the communal joy of dancing against the loss of the lyrics. She’s not waiting around, she’s going, going, gone.

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You Go To Loud Places

I’m still massively enjoying the Jamie Xx album. This John Talabot remix of one of the standout songs Loud Places strips it down, keeps Romy’s vocal and then goes synth crazy at the end. Probably works best in a club but still sounds good at home.

Loud Places

My first few listens of the Jamie Xx solo album have been very enjoyable- it’s got the tunes, it’s well paced, full of thumping and/or interesting drums and percussion, and moments of bittersweet euphoria. The sleeve’s lovely too. There’s a garage/dubstep influence on the some of the songs which keep it from being too tasteful and give it a rougher edge. The Rest Is Noise already sounds like being the song you’re going to hear out of open windows and on TV festival coverage. Another highlight is Loud Places, sung by bandmate Romy. This recent live performance from French TV has Romy singing and guitaring, a lively percussionist, a choir and Stella from Warpaint on drums.