Making memories is what life is about, and this entire album brings me back to some of the greatest memories I’ve ever had, it holds a special place in my heart.
In May 2015 London born producer Jamie XX released his debut solo album, In Colour, earning a Grammy nomination in the process. The album took a staggering 6 years to make, with Jamie XX claiming that it was difficult to finish the tracks he’d started, but it’s clear that the effort put into the album truly makes in a specialist piece.
The album opens up with the track Gosh, which builds and builds with the listener gaining more pleasure with every slight adjustment to the loop. Jamie XX embodies the coolness of the rave scene, that feeling that you can go to a festival and make a hundred friends because you simply want to rave, it’s quite a beautiful thing. In Colour is incomparable to other albums, no two songs sound remotely the similar, and the fine blend of genres glides seamlessly from one track to the next, masterful production and well thought out sampling made this album beyond unique. With the help of his fellow band members from The XX, Jamie managed to go from electronic and garage bangers, to deep feeling ballads, and he seemed to do it without effort, near flawlessly. Loud Places has beautiful lyricism that if you take the time to listen to, you can empathise with, it’s simple but stunning. The height of this albums diversity can only be further proven by track 9, I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times). Take a rave, garage, house and then throw in Young Thug for good measure, the risk paid off in a big way.
I remember when the album first came out, I was an 18 year old gearing up for an amazing summer, booze, festivals, and lifelong friends all collided, and this music was at the centre. In a beer garden? This was playing. On a lengthy cruise? This was playing. Whether you were sunbathing in the garden or at a festival you’d hear this album, you couldn’t escape it, you wouldn’t want to, every escape from reality I had that summer this album was there. Making memories is what life is about, and this entire album brings me back to some of the greatest memories I’ve ever had, it holds a special place in my heart. Jamie XX is a musical genius. This album, for me, is better than any of The XX group projects.