Considering their tiny, almost nonexistent scope, the level of esteem London’s The xx have achieved is quite remarkable. Their debut album, 2009’s xx, was incredibly new, weird, and spacial. With this sound, so gentle it almost seems as if it was produced by accident, they left a permanent impression on listeners worldwide. Two years later, the trio’s resident beat maker, Jamie xx, went ahead and created an echoing, magnificent Gil Scott-Heron remix LP, which, after the activist/musician’s death, practically became culturally invulnerable. So, the hype surrounding their sophomore effort has been immense. The few cuts already released sounded very xx-y. Still phenomenal, but very familiar. But just today, the group made Coexist available to stream in its entirety. The website that hosts this stream is quite cool as well. It tracks the locations of all its users and plots out a very sleek outline of the worldwide listening party.
Coexist will drop on September 11 via Young Turks, but for now listen to it here and check out an interview they had with AUX Magazine below for a bit of insight into the LP’s production.