the xx – Brixton Academy

the xx, Brixton Academy, 13th March. *****

The homecoming, 7 night, sold out residency at the Brixton Academy was a phenomenal success. The xx, playing to a partisan crowd, entered through a wall of noise that dissolved in to the sample on Say Something Loving.

Romping through Crystalised and Islands, the band dropped two of their biggest singalongs early in the show, but at no point did the crowd run out of steam.

With new album tracks sounding pitch perfect, and Jamie xx’s percussion so incredible performed live, the xx could really do no wrong. The stage set was awesome, with huge rotating panels of mirrors highlighting just how talented the drum-machining, sampler-playing DJ really is.

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I See You’s Performance and Brave For You were brilliant additions to the live set. The whole venue erupted for VCR, which reinforces just how different and fantastic the xx’s debut was to any of its contemporaries.

The renditions of I Dare You and Dangerous were personal highlights and they both sounded as utterly fantastic as they do on the new record.

On Hold, the first part of the encore, sounded even more incredible live. With the band back on stage, the crowd erupted in to the most enormous and sustained standing ovation I’ve ever heard. It was bonkers, absolutely deafening.

Romy and Oliver seemed genuinely chocked by the response, and when they received the same rapturous reaction at the intro to Intro, the debate (if there had been one) was settled: the show was phenomenal. Fittingly, the crowd were able to float out to Angels.

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