The xx – On Hold


I’ve been waiting for this album release for so long, and I could not be happier with the first single off the LP, “On Hold”. The xx’s 2009 album xx has been a staple of my life since its release, and Jamie xx’s electronic masterpiece In Colour has consistently provided me with one of the best listening experiences of my life, both in private and in concert.

Now, with the new album I See You set for release on January 13, 2017, The xx gives us a taste of their new sound. It’s much more uptempo then most of their tracks in the past, but still stunningly true to their vibe. Classic xx guitar licks repeat in the background while a rapid bass production sets the track’s tempo. Vocal chops add a layer of energy and complexity to the track, but still keep it simple in the style of Jamie xx’s “Gosh” or “Sleep Sound”. Above it all, the call-and-response male-female vocals remind you that this really is The xx. Enjoy below!

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