Jamie xx

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Jamie xx
Jamie xx at the Classic Car Club.jpg
Jamie xx performing at the Classic Car Club in Shoreditch, London on 22 September 2011
Background information
Birth name Jamie Smith
Born (1988-10-28) 28 October 1988 (age 26)
Origin London, England
Genres Electronica, future garage, post-dubstep, house, UK garage, trip hop
Occupation(s) Producer, remix artist, DJ
Instruments Sampler, drums, steel drums, turntable, personal computer, percussion, MPC
Years active 2007–present
Labels Young Turks, XL
Associated acts The xx, Gil Scott-Heron, Drake, Noah "40" Shebib, Novelist[1]
Website www.jamiexx.com

Jamie Smith (known by the stage name Jamie xx) (born 28 October 1988) is an English music producer and remix artist who is known both as a solo act and as a member of the London-based band The xx.



Smith's musical career began in 2005 when he joined The xx accompanying old schoolmates Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Baria Qureshi of the Elliott School in London, notable for alumni including Hot Chip, Burial and Four Tet.[2] He first used the stage name Jamie xx in July 2009 in a promotional mix for the band's début album xx released on the FACT magazine mix series.[3] The mixtape was compiled by Jamie Smith and featured, amongst others, four tracks credited to Jamie xx – one self-production and three remixes. The xx album went on to become platinum in the UK.[4] Afterward, Jamie Smith went on to do more remix work for artists like Florence + The Machine, Adele, Jack Peñate and Glasser.[5]


In late 2010, a Jamie xx remix of the song "NY Is Killing Me" from Gil Scott-Heron's last album I'm New Here aired on radio stations across the UK and Europe. The remix of "I'll Take Care of U" followed in January 2011. Both singles drew the attention of the general public and the critics. They set the way for a 13-track remix album entitled We're New Here, produced entirely by Jamie xx and credited to "Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx". The album was released on 21 February 2011 on the XL Records label, but a full-album preview could be streamed on the website of The Guardian as early as 14 February.[6] We're New Here received critical acclaim and was named "a cohesive, considered masterpiece in its own right" by BBC's Ele Beattie.[7]

On 6 June 2011 the two-track self-produced single "Far Nearer"/"Beat For" was released. The song "Far Nearer" was selected Best New Track by Pitchfork Media,[8] and the double A-side single charted at number 128 on the UK Singles Chart.[9] Later the same year, Smith produced the title track off Drake's second album, Take Care, which features pop singer Rihanna. In addition, Smith helped create several reworks for Radiohead's song "Bloom" which were released on a remix album entitled TKOL RMX 1234567. He also co-produced the song "When It's All Over" with Alicia Keys on her Girl on Fire album. In 2014, he announced an upcoming collaboration with John Talabot on Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space online radio show. In 2014 he released the singles "Girl/Sleep Sound" and "All Under One Roof Raving".

On 27 March 2015 he released two singles. "Loud Places", featuring xx's Romy Madley Croft, and "Gosh". On the same day he also announced that his debut album, In Colour, will be out on 1 June 2015.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
2011 We're New Here (with Gil-Scott Heron)
  • Released: 21 February 2011
  • Label: XL, Young Turks
33 4 18 44 38
2015 In Colour
  • To be released: 1 June 2015
  • Label: XL, Young Turks
To be released
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK UK Indie
2010 "NY Is Killing Me" We're New Here
(with Gil-Scott Heron)
2011 "I'll Take Care of U" 40
"Far Nearer / Beat For" 128 13
2014 "Girl / Sleep Sound" In Colour
"All Under One Roof Raving" 123 199
2015 "Gosh / Loud Places" (featuring Romy) 103 In Colour
"I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" (featuring Young Thug and Popcaan) In Colour
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Other tracks[edit]

Year Title Date Info
2011 "Progress" 7 October 2011 RizLab Permance live
"Touch Me" (with Yasmin) 20 February 2011 Jamie XX mix on BBC 6 Music
2012 "Touch Me" (Instrumental) 31 January 2012 Young Turks Takeover on FBi Radio
2014 "Continuum" (with Four Tet, Koreless & John Talabot) 22 November 2014 Continuum (Soundtrack)


See also: The xx remixes
Year Artist Song Title
2009 Florence and the Machine "You've Got the Love" Jamie xx Re-work featuring The xx
Jack Penate "Pull My Heart Away" Jamie xx Remix
The xx "Basic Space" Jamie xx Space Bass Mix
"Blood Red Moon" Jamie xx Bootleg
"Hot Like Fire" Jamie xx Edit
"Islands" Jamie xx Remix
2010 Eliza Doolittle "Moneybox" Jamie xx Remix
Glasser "Tremel" Jamie xx Remix
Nosaj Thing "Fog" Jamie xx Remix
2011 Adele "Rolling in the Deep" Jamie xx Shuffle
FaltyDL "Hip Love" Jamie xx Rework
Holly Miranda "Slow Burn Treason" Jamie xx Remix
Radiohead "Bloom" Jamie xx Rework
Jamie xx Rework Pt. 3
Rui da Silva "Touch Me" Jamie xx Remix
2012 Four Tet "Lion" Jamie xx Remix
The xx "Reconsider" Jamie xx Remix
"Sunset" Jamie xx Edit
2013 "Missing" Jamie xx Remix


  1. ^ http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2014/05/daily-discovery-meet-novelist-the-young-grime-mc-whos-already-worked-with-jamie-xx/
  2. ^ Saxelby, Ruth (14 July 2009). "The xx" "It started as a joke"". Dummy. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  3. ^ FACT mix 70: The xx FACT Magazine
  4. ^ Certified Awards Search British Recorded Music Industry
  5. ^ Jamie xx discogs.com
  6. ^ The Guardian Music Blog (14 February 2011). "New album stream: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – We're New Here". Music Blog (The Guardian). Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Beattie, Ele (17 February 2011). "Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx We're New Here Review: A cohesive, considered masterpiece in its own right.". BBC Music (BBC). Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  8. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/12215-far-nearer/
  9. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/110618cluk.txt
  10. ^ "Jamie xx Details In Colour, Shares "Loud Places" Video". Pitchfork. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Jamie xx discography
  12. ^ Peak positions for singles on the UK Indie Chart: