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THE XX – ANGELS (Indie/Electronica – UK)

UK melancholy pop outfit The xx are back with a brand new single “Angels”, the first taste of their hugely awaited new album Coexist, scheduled for release on September 10th via Young Turks.

The track only surfaced last week and it has already been remixed by scores of producers, all too eager to get their hands on some new xx material and spin it their way. In this avalanche of remixes, there are actually a few gems, so don’t miss out!

The xx - Angels (Theatre Of Delays Remix)     

Cardiff kids on the rise Bodhi have also given “Angels” their own twist, spinning it with a hefty dose of bounce, making it a ripe afternoon audio treat.

The xx have a hell of a lot of gigs lined up in the next few months, so get off your couch and go see them live! For more info, check out The xx’s official site or Facebook. Buy the music on The xx

TRACEY THORN – NIGHT TIME EP (Pop/Electronica – UK)

Tracey Thorn

In the summer of 2010, The xx asked Tracey Thorn to record a track from the The xx’s debut album for a special compilation of covers of the album’s songs by their favourite artists. Unfortunately the project fell apart a few months later for numerous logistical reasons but not before Tracey had sung a new version of one the album most beautiful tracks, “Night Time”.

The track gathered dust for a few months but it is rightfully seeing the light of day on a new EP from Tracey Thorn called the Night Time EP, released on Strange Feeling on October 31, much to the delight of all concerned. This beautiful rendition features musical partner and husband Ben Watt guesting on guitars and backing vocals (it is the first time the two have played together on a recording for over ten years) with the drums, programming and mix coming courtesy of Tracey’s current production collaborator Ewan Pearson (producer of both Tracey’s recent acclaimed album Love And Its Opposite and 2007’s Out Of The Woods).

Icing on the cake, this new EP includes remixes of one of Love And Its Opposite‘s most popular tracks “Swimming”. The first reinterpretation is Ewan Pearson’s buffed up re-edit of last year’s remix by dance producers-du-jour, Visionquest. Meanwhile, UK underground house legend Charles Webster has produced not one, but two versions of “Swimming”: a beautifully percussive main mix and a rainy, autumnal dub.

Buy the Limited Edition 12″ translucent blue vinyl, signed by Tracey, on Buzzin Fly’s online store or download the MP3 on

ADELE – ROLLING IN THE DEEP (Soul/Pop – UK)

Exactly three years after the release of her acclaimed debut album 19, which rocketed right to the top of the UK’s album chart in January 2008, Adele is giving us a taste of her new album, scheduled for release on 24 January 2011 in the UK and 22 February in the US. The first single to be taken off 21 (yes, the title is again a reference to her age) is “Rolling In The Deep”, a bluesy gospel tune that’s already getting a lot of blog love. To build up some hype around the release, the track has been given the remix treatment by Jamie from The XX and Belgian electro-disco trio Villa.

Adele - Rolling In The Deep (Jamie XX Remix)     

Adele recently announced the dates of her 2011 tour accross Europe. From March 21st to April 21st she will be taking her show to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland and the UK. Check out all the dates and get other updates on her official website or MySpace. Buy Adele’s music on ADELE

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THE XX – CRYSTALISED (Indie/Rock – UK)

The xx is a bunch of 19-year-old South Londoners who make stark, synthy and woefully simplistic indie music. The four members of the band originally met at Elliott School, a school famous for alumni including Hot Chip and Four Tet. Their debut album, xx, was released on Young Turks Records on 17 August 2009 to much critical acclaim (download it on iTunes). It was produced by the band themselves and recorded in a small garage that was part of the XL studios. This setting and the fact that the recording sessions often took place at night contributed to the sleek, whispery nature of the album.

The first single “Crystalised” is here given the remix treatment by Popular Damage, a dance-electro outfit which has been described as “a poppier version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs crossed with Daftpunk!”

The XX - Crystalised (Popular Damage Assimilation)     

The band have toured with The Big Pink and Micachu. They also supported Florence and the Machine on her tour during September 2009, before embarking on a tour of their own in October 2009.

Florence and The Machine - You've Got The Love (The XX Rework)     

On 11 November 2009, it was confirmed that keyboardist Baria Qureshi left the band after missing several scheduled shows, citing exhaustion. She will not be replaced, and the band will continue as a three-piece. More info + tour dates on MySpace

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – YOU'VE GOT THE LOVE (Indie/2-step/Garage – UK)

Florence and the Machine is an alternative rock band from England. It is the recording name of Florence Welch and a collaboration with other artists who provide backing music for her voice.

Florence and The Machine’s music has received praise across the British music media, especially from the BBC who played a large part in Florence and The Machine’s rise to prominence by promoting her as part of BBC Introducing. This led to her playing a number of music festivals in 2008, including Glastonbury and T in the Park. The band’s debut album, Lungs was released on 6 July 2009, and was at the number 2 position for its first five weeks in the charts, behind Michael Jackson.

Check out the track ‘You’ve Got the Love’ just below. This version is a rework by British band The xx and it really turns the song on its head. The result is quite amazing in its simplicity and when you listen to it once you won’t be able to get it out of head…

Florence and The Machine - You Got The Love (The XX Rework)     

This second remix is very original in that it has a very linear structure and emphasizes the vocals, thereby giving a sense of urgency to the whole song. Have a listen…

Florence and the Machine - Rabbit Heart (Leo Zero Remix)     

Florence + The Machine is on MySpace if you want more info and music. You can also buy Lungs on Florence + The Machine