CHBP Main Stage Capitol Hill
Fri., July 24, 7:45 p.m. 2015 All Ages
CHBP says: "Working with and without his Mercury Music Prize-winning group the xx, Jamie xx established himself as a forward-thinking beatmaker and producer. He began his musical career playing the drums, but after realizing he couldn’t use his innovation skills on the instrument, he instead turned to the ’80s Media Production Centre, which programmed his computer-based sounds onto electronic percussion pads, allowing him to play both live and in the studio."
We say: "There’s gonna be good times (at this set). Every track off Jamie xx’s first solo record, In Colour, evokes the image of the young artist sitting in his room, flipping through his record collection, absorbed in sound. I know that sounds romantic, but so does the record. Each sample is so well-placed that only someone who treasured this music could have positioned them just so. (Plus, he’s spreading the joy of PopCaan’s beautiful, rich velvet blanket of a voice.) Jamie xx has been getting a lot of attention this year—he recently scored a ballet called Tree of Codes as well—and it’s obvious that the organizers wanted to snag our attention with a strong line-up on the first day. It worked, I’m pretty eager to watch him spin. LINDSAY HOOD
Pike St & Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122