Laine’s Loves… Jamie xx

Laine's Loves... Jamie xx

OK, we’re calling it. Jamie xx’s ‘In Colour’ is the best album of the year. The haters are wrong.

Laine’s Loves… Jamie xx

OK, we’re calling it. Jamie xx’s ‘In Colour’ is the best album of the year. “Oh, it’s too polite,” say the haters, but if someone asked you a couple of years ago if you fancied an album that crossed bass, rave, dancehall and everyone’s favourite ambient indie band, you’d have bitten their hand off for a copy.

Yeah, it’s not banging, but did you really expect that? It’s one of the few dance-based albums that works at any volume. It’s great up loud on a Friday night when you’re getting ready to go out, or as Sunday comedown music.

‘Gosh’ with its pitched down jungle MCs is a high point, but the masterpiece is ‘Loud Places’. Featuring the rest of The xx – notably Romy on vocals – it’s a modern gospel hymn to the strangeness of looking for love in night clubs. “I go to loud places to find someone to be quiet with,” is as good a lyric as we’ve heard this year. And that choir! He can even play it live.

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