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This Monday’s FACT mix takes the form of a haunting, late night garage session from a certain Jamie Smith.
You’re presumably already familiar with Smith by now: percussionist and producer in Mercury Prize-winning three-piece the xx and a solo producer in his own right, this year remixing Gil Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here over the course of a full album and releasing one of 2011′s most debated singles in ‘Far Nearer’, released on Numbers. He also remixed Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and more to arresting effect.
‘Far Nearer’, the new release from Jamie xx is out now.
You can purchase the release over at farnearer.com or from your local record store.
The heavyweight vinyl version features a die cut picture sleeve and all purchases from the Numbers come with free MP3’s or Wav’s.
‘Far Nearer’ is an understated yet powerful production, its ecstatic, steel drum-driven rhythm merging beautifully with the pitch bent and re-interpreted vocal phrase “I Feel Better When I Have You Near Me”.
Countering the sweetness of Far Nearer is B-side track ‘Beat For’, a dark and brooding beast blending half-remembered rave hooks with the same sense of rhythm and space that characterizes Jamie’s work with The xx.