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
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Indie pop, electronic music, UK garage, post-dubstep
Occupations 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
Website www.jamiexx.com

Jamie Smith (known by the stage name Jamie xx) is a Grammy-winning English music producer and remix artist, who has gained fame both as a solo act and as a member of the London-based band The xx.

Career[edit]

2005 – 2009[edit]

Smith's musical career began in 2005 when he joined The xx accompanying old school friends Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Baria Qureshi of the Elliott School in London, notable for alumni including Hot Chip, Burial and Four Tet.[1] 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 mix series of the FACT Magazine.[2] The mixtape was compiled by Jamie Smith and featured amongst others four tracks credited to Jamie xx - one own production and three remixes. The xx album went on to become platinum in the UK.[3] Afterward, Jamie Smith went on to do more remix work for artists like Florence + The Machine, Adele, Jack Peñate and Glasser.[4]

2010 – Present[edit]

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.[5] We're New Here received positive critical acclaim and was named "masterpiece in its own right" by BBC's Ele Beattie.[6]

On June 6, 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,[7] and the double A-side single charted at #128 in the UK singles chart.[8] 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.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
UK UK Indie UK DIG US BEL
2011 We're New Here (with Gil-Scott Heron)
  • Released: 21 February 2011
  • Label: XL, Young Turks
33 4 18 44
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak Chart Positions Album
UK UK Indie
[9]
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 Far Nearer / Beat For
2014 "Girl / Sleep Sound" Girl / Sleep Sound
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Remixes[edit]

Year Artist Song Title
2009 Florence and the Machine "You've Got the Love" Jamie xx Re-work feat. The xx
Jack Penate "Pull My Heart Away" Jamie xx Remix
The xx "Basic Space" Jamie xx Space Bass Mix
The xx "Blood Red Moon" Jamie xx Bootleg
The xx "Hot Like Fire" Jamie xx Edit
The xx "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 - Touch Me (feat. Yasmin)
Jamie xx - Touch Me (Instrumental)
2012 Four Tet "Lion" Jamie xx Remix
The xx "Reconsider" Jamie xx Remix
The xx "Sunset" Jamie xx Edit
2013 The xx "Missing" Jamie xx Remix

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saxelby, Ruth (14 July 2009). "The xx" "It started as a joke"". Dummy. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  2. ^ FACT mix 70: The xx FACT Magazine
  3. ^ Certified Awards Search British Recorded Music Industry
  4. ^ Jamie xx discogs.com
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/12215-far-nearer/
  8. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/110618cluk.txt
  9. ^ Peak positions for singles on the UK Indie Chart: