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The xx is a foursome from South London whose single, Basic Space, has become quite popular this year. I love singer Romy Madley Croft's voice, particularly in this single. And bassist Oliver Sim's voice? Hot. Below is a snippet of a review from Pitchfork. And check out the Basic Space video below that!

Strongly influenced by modern R&B-- the group made hay with an early cover of Womack & Womack's "Teardrops", while UK copies of xx come packed with their version of Aaliyah's "Hot Like Fire"-- the xx use a drum machine to complement their copiously tidy compositions. Unlike contemporary R&B fetishists Hot Chip or Discovery, who have clearly spent long hours internalizing Timbaland, the Neptunes, and other radio cognoscenti, the xx incorporate more abstract elements of the genre: a liberal use of bass tones and an unwavering focus on sex and interpersonal relationships.

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