When The xx released I See You — their first record in five years — this past January, the highly-anticipated release marked a major stylistic turning point from their previous bedroom-ridden indie sound.
Even in the record’s opening track “Dangerous,” a bright, club-ready track, is it clear The xx had its most profound sonic understanding to date. Of course, I See You and the group’s sonic thickening, owes its thanks in part to the efforts of its percussionist and producer Jamie xx, whose 2015 solo record In Colour turned heads in the dance community. That’s not to say the record’s success can be pinpointed on Jamie’s contributions alone, as it remains stylistically diverse in all three member’s contributions.
After recently sitting down with Australian publication The Courier, Romy Madley Croft said the band has plans to further incorporate the dance-heavy sound fans became familiar with on the I See You tour, as she announced their plans to release “their techno tunes.” Contrary to popular belief, Romy also discussed how the decision came from herself and Oliver rather than just Jamie.
“We’ve got plans to release our techno tunes… We’ve loved having more upbeat music in our set. We’ve remixed ourselves, there’s some older songs that we now play at 120 bpm… People probably assume that Jamie brought the injection of dance music to the last album but in a way it’s funny because Oliver and I were inspired by what he was doing and when he got back he was actually the one who wanted to come in and slow it down.” She continued, “It’s a nice change to be able to make people dance at The xx’s shows and to see that range of emotions.”
The xx is currently in the midst of an extensive world tour. Stay tuned in the coming months to see if this project sees the light of day.