One of the UK’s most influential DJ/producers Jamie XX released his first solo single yesterday and we love it. The single entitled “Far Nearer” is certainly one for the summer with it’s melodic sounds of the steel drum and “I feel better when I have you near me” vocal sample, work beautifully together. This is definitely one we expect to hear several times at carnivals and festivals this summer.
The track is pressed on a 12″ vinyl with the track “Beat For” on it’s B-side. Rumours are that both tracks have existed for some time now but with The XX’s recent series of banging collaborations (the remix album with the late, great Gil Scott-Heron to say the least) have delayed proceedings until this month.
Have a listen to both tracks below and let us know which you prefer, “Far Nearer” with it’s carnival-ready sound or “Beat For” with a slightly dark but uplifting riff. Let us know after the jump.
You can catch the man himself on Rinse FM this evening (Tuesday, 7 June) at 11pm-1am.