I See YouBuoyed by the success of Jamie xx’s In Colour, London three-piece The xx have set out to expand on Jamie’s sample-laden production – opening track Dangerous makes a quick job of that.

Vocalists Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft’s crestfallen tones still hit me like an arrow through the heart; Say Something Loving expresses a forlorn sensation only The xx could articulate; A Violent Noise is, how do I put it… near perfect. On On Hold, Sim and Madley Croft sing about the naivety of love and their changing view of the subject. The difference between I See You and 2012’s Coexist is Jamie xx’s production; the inspired beats give every song a brimming optimism. A welcome, extroverted side to the band we haven’t seen before.

I See You is out January 13 via Young Turks/Remote Control.

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