Jamie xx – In Colour (2015) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Jamie xx – In Colour (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:49 minutes | 456 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: WEB | Front Cover | © Young Turks Recordings

In Colour is the debut studio album by English producer Jamie xx, released on 29 May 2015 by Young Turks. The album was composed during a five-year period while a member of the indie pop band The xx, starting with his production on xx in 2009. After starting his solo career with the remix album We’re New Here (2011) and singles like “All Under One Roof Raving” (2014), he was intent on making the album something of a departure from his previous work and genre. The album features guest vocals from fellow The xx members Romy and Oliver Sim, as well as from Young Thug and Popcaan. The album produced five singles: “Girl” and “Sleep Sound” as a double-single on 5 May 2014, “Loud Places” on 27 March 2015, “Gosh” on 4 May and “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” on 22 May.

In Colour received widespread acclaim from critics. It debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart, selling 19,255 copies in its first week.In the United States, the album entered the Billboard 200 at number 21 and topped the Dance/Electronic Albums, with first-week sales of 19,000 copies.[2] It was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Prize, MasterCard British Album of the Year at the 2016 Brit Awards and Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Compared to Jamie xx’s impact on music, it’s easy to forget that he hasn’t released much on his own. The distinctive yet surprisingly versatile blend of indie, R&B, and dance in his work with the xx, Gil Scott-Heron, and his remixes helped shape the sound of the late 2000s and 2010s, but his solo discography was limited to a handful of singles, many of which appear on his first full-length, In Colour. While one of his best singles, “All Under One Roof Raving,” doesn’t appear on the album, its balance of the kinetic and the atmospheric — as well as its reverence for classic U.K. dance music — is reflected on some of In Colour’s brightest highlights. “Gosh” is hard-edged yet radiant, its juddering drum’n’bass rhythms and shouted samples adding heft and movement before swelling synths overtake the track like a sunrise after a long night out. Indeed, for most of the album, Jamie xx uses his considerable gifts for atmosphere to make listeners remember the euphoria of dance music rather than immerse them in it. Despite its brassy flourishes, “Girl”‘s filtered house is haunting and aloof instead of driving, while its former B-side “Sleep Sound” fades in and out like a dream. Given his skills as a collaborator, it’s not surprising that some of In Colour’s best moments occur when he shares the spotlight. While his reunion with xx bandmate Oliver Sim on the implosive “Stranger in a Room” is almost too reminiscent of their previous work, Romy Madley Croft remains one of his most inspiring muses. She gives In Colour’s nostalgia more humanity on the beautifully blurred “Seesaw” and “Loud Places,” where a sample of Idris Muhammad’s joyous “Could Heaven Ever Be Like This” makes the contrast between then and now, and alone and together, all the more poignant. However, the album’s most immediate moment belongs to Young Thug and Popcaan. Inspired by a drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn while listening to Hot 97, the summery “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” embraces pop, hip-hop, and dancehall in a way that feels evocative and forward-looking. As it moves from reflective to engaging and back again, In Colour covers the entire spectrum of Jamie xx’s music, delivering flashes of brilliance along the way. ~~AllMusic Review by Heather Phares

01 – Gosh
02 – Sleep Sound
03 – SeeSaw (feat Romy)
04 – Obvs
05 – Just Saying
06 – Stranger In A Room (feat Oliver Sim)
07 – Hold Tight
08 – Loud Places (feat Romy)
09 – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat Young Thug & Popcaan)
10 – The Rest Is Noise
11 – Girl