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The xx's debut holds you rapt from the wordless “Intro”, with its shuffling beats, stark handclaps and slinking “ahh-ahh-ahh” refrain. From there, xx proceeds to define a new kind of electronic music. Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s cooing duets pair with reverberating guitar figures on the breathy intimacies of “VCR”, and Jamie Smith's minimal-but-merciless dubstep beats bolster the quiet storm of “Heart Skipped a Beat”. This LP shaped a world soft as a first kiss, stark as a tower block.


Formed: London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Atmospheric English indie pop group the xx formed in London in 2008 around the talents of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, Baria Qureshi, and Jamie Smith, when the bandmembers were still in high school. Captivating and cool, the group cites influences that run the gamut from R&B (Aaliyah and Rihanna) to classic alternative rock (the Cure and the Pixies). Built around the duel vocals of Croft and Sim, the group's signature brand of moody, soulful indie rock first appeared on the public radar in early...
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