The xx Biography (Wikipedia)
The xx are an English indie pop band from Wandsworth, London, formed in 2005. The band consists of Romy Madley Croft (guitar, vocals), Oliver Sim (bass, vocals), Jamie Smith, also known as Jamie xx (beats, MPC, record production), and formerly Baria Qureshi (keyboard, guitar). They are known for their distinct and minimalistic sound that blends indie pop, indie electronic, dream pop and electro-rock and the dual vocalist setup of both Croft and Sim. Their music employs soft, echoed guitar, prominent bass, light electronic beats and ambient soundscape backgrounds.
The band was formed when Croft and Sim met during their time at Elliott School, with Baria Qureshi joining the same year and Smith a year after. After posting demos on their Myspace page, they drew the attention of the Beggars Group-owned label Young Turks. Working with producer Rodaidh McDonald, the band released their debut album, xx, in August 2009. The album was a commercial and critical success, reaching number three on the UK Albums Chart, ranking first for The Guardian's and second for NME's best of the year lists among others, and won the Mercury Prize in 2010. After their debut, Qureshi was released from the group and their second album, Coexist, was released on 5 September 2012 to positive reviews, reaching number one in the UK and number five on the Billboard 200. After a four-year lapse between releases, including Smith's solo debut in 2015, In Colour, the band released their third album, I See You, on 13 January 2017, which debuted to critical acclaim and peaked at number one in the UK and number two on the Billboard 200.
- Live Lounge Month 2017 mash up!https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p059t8m9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p059t8m9.jpg2017-08-31T23:00:00.000ZClara looks back at the incredible artists who performed over Live Lounge Month 2017.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05hvwm6
Live Lounge Month 2017 mash up!
- The xxhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p056sp13.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p056sp13.jpg2017-07-25T22:59:00.000ZHighlights of The xx's set at Glastonbury 2017https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05739xv
- "It means so much" - The xx recall their Pyramid Stage performancehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p056gchw.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p056gchw.jpg2017-06-24T10:17:00.000ZThe xx phone Annie fresh from their gig on the Pyramid Stage to talk all things Glastonbury 2017.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p056tpd5
"It means so much" - The xx recall their Pyramid Stage performance
- The xx – Islands (Later Archive 2009)https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p00z49c2.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p00z49c2.jpg2017-05-29T19:36:00.000ZThe xx perform Islands on Later… with Jools Holland in 2009https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p054c30h
The xx – Islands (Later Archive 2009)
- Romy from The xx: "If we're not in a good place as friends then it doesn't work."https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04w7f89.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04w7f89.jpg2017-03-08T18:00:00.000ZRomy Madely Croft on the inter-band relationships that informed their latest album.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04w6w6w
Romy from The xx: "If we're not in a good place as friends then it doesn't work."
- The xx speak to Benji Bhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01nptvj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01nptvj.jpg2013-12-19T14:34:00.000ZRomy and Jamie from The xx catch up with Benji B.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01nptw6
The xx speak to Benji B
- Romy xx: How To Be Intimate With An Audiencehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01cqmd8.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01cqmd8.jpg2013-07-14T08:34:00.000ZRomy talks audience intimacy during The xx residency at Manchester International Festivalhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01cqmd9
Romy xx: How To Be Intimate With An Audience
- The xx speak to Lauren Lavernehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p015z1yp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p015z1yp.jpg2013-04-05T12:00:00.000ZThe xx join Lauren Laverne in the studio.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p015z5d2
The xx speak to Lauren Laverne
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