Jamie xx

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Jamie xx
Jamie xx in 2016
Jamie xx in 2016
Background information
Birth nameJames Thomas Smith
Born (1988-10-28) 28 October 1988 (age 32)
OriginLondon, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • remixer
Instruments
Years active2007–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitejamiexx.com

James Thomas Smith[2] (born 28 October 1988), known professionally as Jamie xx, is an English musician, DJ, record producer and remixer. He is known for both his solo work and as a member of the English indie pop band The xx.

He has been described as a "driving force" behind The xx,[3] contributing to the group's significant commercial and critical success. As a solo artist, he has been recognised with a 2015 Mercury Prize nomination, and a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album nomination for his debut album In Colour.[4]

Career[edit]

2005–09[edit]

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.[5] He first used the stage name Jamie xx in July 2009 in a promotional mix for the band's debut album xx released on the FACT magazine mix series.[6] 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.[7] Afterward, Jamie Smith went on to do more remix work for artists like Florence + The Machine, Adele, Jack Peñate and Glasser.[8]

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 Recordings label, but a full-album preview could be streamed on the website of The Guardian as early as 14 February.[9] We're New Here received critical acclaim and was named "a cohesive, considered masterpiece in its own right" by BBC's Ele Beattie.[10]

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,[11] and the double A-side single charted at number 128 on the UK Singles Chart.[12] Later the same year, Smith produced the title track off Drake's second album, Take Care, which features 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 the xx's Romy Madley Croft, and "Gosh". On the same day he also announced that his debut album, In Colour, would be out on 1 June 2015.[13] Ahead of its release, In Colour was streamed on iTunes as a preview with album-spanning visuals that 'reacted' to each sound.[14]

Jamie xx composed the score for a ballet, Tree of Codes, commissioned by Manchester International Festival for its 2015 edition. Based on a novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, the ballet was choreographed by Wayne McGregor and had a set created by Olafur Eliasson.[15]

In 2020, he released his first single in 5 years, "Idontknow", which received positive to lukewarm reception from critics.[16][17] He was credited on Tyler, The Creator's 2021 album Call Me If You Get Lost as a co-producer on the track "RISE!".[18]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[19]
AUS
[20]
BEL
(FL)

[21]
CAN
[22]
FRA
[23]
GER
[24]
IRE
[25]
NED
[26]
NZ
[27]
US
[28]
We're New Here
(with Gil-Scott Heron)
33 44 38 42
In Colour
  • Released: 29 May 2015
  • Label: XL, Young Turks
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
3 2 4 9 26 15 5 4 7 21
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[29]
UK
Indie

[30]
AUS
[31]
BEL
(FL)

[21]
BEL
(WA)

[32]
FRA
[23]
MEX
[33]
NED
[26]
US
Sales

[34]
US
Dance

[35]
"NY Is Killing Me" 2010 We're New Here
(with Gil-Scott Heron)
"I'll Take Care of U" 2011 40
"Far Nearer / Beat For" 128 13 non-album single
"Girl / Sleep Sound" 2014 152 12 8 In Colour
"All Under One Roof Raving" 123 10 199 non-album single
"Loud Places"
(featuring Romy)
2015 62 3 103 53 86 55 46 In Colour
"Gosh" 16 46
"I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)"
(featuring Young Thug and Popcaan)
115 7 90 55 85 [A]
"Idontknow"[40] 2020 [B] 26 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charting songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
Indie

[30]
"SeeSaw"
(featuring Romy)
2015 21 In Colour
"Obvs" 25
"Just Saying" 42
"Stranger in a Room"
(featuring Oliver Sim)
29
"Hold Tight" 38
"The Rest Is Noise" 35

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 and John Talabot) 22 November 2014 Continuum (Soundtrack)
"Sunrise"
2016 "Oh Gosh" (with Elf Kid) 13 May 2016 Vocal version of "Gosh"
2020 "Idontpiano" 25 April 2020 Piano version of "Idontknow"

Remixes[edit]

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
2017 The xx "On Hold" Jamie xx Remix

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Work Category Result
2011 BT Digital Music Awards Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx: Album Transmitter Best Artist Promotion Nominated
2012 The Music Producers Guild Awards Himself Remixer of the Year[42][43] Won
2013 Nominated
2014 Q Awards "Sleep Sound" Best Video Won
2015 In Colour Best Album Nominated
MOBO Awards[44] Nominated
Rober Awards Music Poll[45] Himself Best Male Artist Nominated
Best Electronica Nominated
"I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)"
(featuring Young Thug and Popcaan)
Song of the Year Nominated
Floorfiller of the Year Nominated
AIM Independent Music Awards[46] "Loud Places" Independent Video of the Year Nominated
International Dance Music Awards Himself Best Indie Dance/Underground DJ[47] Nominated
Mercury Prize In Colour Album of the Year Nominated
2016 Grammy Awards Best Dance/Electronic Album Nominated
Ivor Novello Awards Album Award Nominated
Elle Style Awards Album of the Year Won
Brit Awards British Album of the Year Nominated
Himself British Male Solo Artist Nominated
International Dance Music Awards Best Indie Dance/Underground DJ[48] Won
"Loud Places" Best Alternative/Indie Rock Dance Track Nominated
UK Music Video Awards "Gosh" Video of the Year Won
Best Alternative Video - UK Won
Best Color Grade Won
Best Styling Nominated
Best Cinematography Nominated
Camerimage Best Music Video Nominated
Rober Awards Music Poll[49] Best Promo Video Nominated
2017 Berlin Music Video Awards Best Cinematography Won
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity[50] Gold Lion for Cinematography Won
Silver Lion for Production Design / Art Direction Won
Silver Lion for Direction Won
D&AD Awards Best Music Video[51] Yellow Pencil
Best Direction[52] Graphite Pencil
Best Cinematography[53] Graphite Pencil
Grammy Awards Best Music Video Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" did not enter the Netherlands' Single Top 100 but peaked on the Netherlands' Single Tip Chart at number 1.[38]
  2. ^ "Idontknow" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 1 on the UK Physical Singles Chart Top 100.[41]

References[edit]

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  29. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  30. ^ a b Peak chart positions for independent singles in the United Kingdom:
  31. ^ Peak charts positions for singles in Australia:
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