Jamie xx has had a fairly quiet 2013. He did a track for Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby film soundtrack, and has released the occasional remix, but fans might fairly have kept Jamie from the front of their minds. It doesn’t even take a full release to remind listeners why Jamie should never be far from their thoughts.
This live rip from Berlin’s Night + Day Festival serves ample notice on its own. Opening with swirling harp, the song slowly layers and builds sounds together, adding a soulful vocal sample and a quiet beat. Even as the filtered vocals pile up, that backbeat acts as a kind of spine for the rest of the song, disappearing momentarily and then returning to carry the song to a satisfying fade out. Live rip or not, the song has all of the production polish of Jamie xx’s recorded material, and the wonderful sense of control that comes with knowing exactly what it takes to make his audience respond to the music. Check out “Untitled (Unreleased)” below.
STREAM: Jamie xx – “Untitled (Unreleased)”