It’s that time of the year again where Australia celebrates homegrown and international musicians at the 27th ARIA Awards.
The xx are a UK musical phenomenon of gargantuan proportion though its a more subtle gargantuan they can be really understood, composed of members Oliver Sim, Romy Madley-Croft Baria Qureshi and Jamie Smith. The forming members of the band Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft met while attending the Elliot school with the other members joining along the way and began performing in 2005.
Since that time The xx have released xx their debut studio album released on 17 August 2009 by Young Turks. The self-produced album was recorded at XL Studios in West London between December 2008 and April 2009.
Upon its release, xx received general acclaim from music critics, and it was subsequently included in several publications’ year-end lists. In 2010, it was awarded the Mercury Prize. xx spent eighty-seven weeks on the UK Album Chart, and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry- As of September 2011, the album has sold 405,000 copies in the UK.
The FACT magazine named xx the best album of 2009 and the fifty-third best album of the 2000–09 decade. The song intro was also featured in the NBC coverage of the 2010 winter Olympic games. The Guardian named it as 2009’s top album of their Top 50 Critics Poll and The album won the 2010 Mercury Prize, the annual music prize awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is general consensus that the xx are a band that will and do have legendary clout these guys are going to do and have done great things. The xx Producer and co writer Jamie Smith (xx) has worked with the likes of legend Gil Scott Heron and had cross over success with collaborated with Rihanna on the song ‘Drunk on love’ and is a featured collaboration on Alicia Keys new Album ‘Girl on fire’- the list of collaborations and achievements goes on.