MOMENTS | Mash-up: Jamie xx Blends Art & Music in the National Gallery’s Latest ‘Soundscapes’ Exhibition

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Okay, we know we’ve been a little too into Jamie xx lately (correction: we’re always really into him), but he’s been churning a lot of interesting work that bridges music with other creative disciplines. His latest project was done for the National Gallery’s Soundscapes exhibition in London. Soundscapes commissions various musicians and sound artists to create instillations based on a painting chosen from the museum. Jamie xx selected Théo van Rysselberghe’s painting Coastal Scene, and created the pointillism-inspired “Ultramarine.” Though it doesn’t give us the full spectrum of the sound installation, the National Gallery has put out a preview of the work. And hey, you can even hear snippets of “Ultramarine” in the background. The exhibition is open now and will be at the National Gallery in London until September 6th.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Jamie xx-Scored Ballet ‘Tree of Codes,’ an Adaptation of Author Jonathan Safran Foer’s Adaptation of Another Literary Work

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Electronic musician Jamie xx scored Tree of Codes, a ballet commissioned by the Manchester International Festival and inspired by the Jonathan Safran Foer novel of the same name. The novel is actually an adaptation, using a style of in the tradition of Tom Phillips‘s book A HumumentFoer took Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles, and physically cut out a chunk of the words to create his own story. So the ballet is an adaptation of an adaptation that was inspired by a word-collage tradition. Pretty neat, huh? The ballet was choreographed by Wayne McGregor and its set was designed by visual artist Olafur Eliasson, featuring dancers from The Paris Opera Ballet and McGregor’s Random Dance Company. Tree of Codes had its opening night July 2nd and will be performed until closing night on July 10th.

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Listen to Jamie xx’s Alternate In Colour Mixes via BBC Radio 1

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If Jamie xx’s Young Thug and Popccan collaborative track “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” is anything to go by, we’re expecting a full album of gorgeously mashed-up melodies when the producer debuts his solo album In Colour next week on June 1st via Young Turks. Last night, Jamie xx made an appearance on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show to share alternate mixes of the album’s tracks. Though we’ve only had the aural pleasure of listening to the preview mini version of the upcoming album, his exclusive BBC 1 mix incorporates completely different arrangements and edits.

May 28, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Listen to the Jamie xx, Young Thug & Popcaan Collaboration “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)”

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The song that will give you the best summer vibes is finally here. Though the leaked version of the Jamie xx collaboration with Young Thug and Popcaan has been floating around, The xx producer has officially released the album version of “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times).” The fresh cut is a hip-hop-meets-soul-meets-electronic single that will appear on his upcoming and first solo album, In Colour. It samples The Persuasions’ “Good Times” and combines Jamie xx’s marimba-style synth with Young Thug’s infinitely quotable lyricism. The leaked version didn’t have Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan’s soulful goods, so the official version is infinitely more soulful (and better).