The xx have revealed that they are hard at work on their third album.
Musician and producer with the band, Jamie xx, explained during a BBC 6 Music residency that they had been working on the follow up to Co-Exist in Texas, indicating that they had recently been at the home of Mickey Newbury.
During the same radio broadcast Jamie also paid tribute to the late DJ Rashad, playing his remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Home Is Where The Hatred Is’, commenting: “Rest in peace to the both of them.” Jamie xx remixed Scott-Heron’s final album, releasing We’re New Here in 2011. Scott-Heron passed away the same year.
The xx’s record label, Young Turks, posted pictures on their Instagram account last month of Marfa, Texas. On Facebook the band have said they were working with producer Rodaidh McDonald at the Marfa Recording Company studio.
Singer, Madley Croft, also revealed that the band had yet to start writing lyrics for the album but added: “We’ve all lived a lot of life recently, which the new songs will reflect.” Jamie xx added: “‘Coexist’ was difficult to make at times, but our first album was just as difficult too. All albums are difficult to make, and I’m sure the next one will be as well. We learned so much from making ‘Coexist’. The first album was basically just us putting together everything we’d released at that point, and we had more control in how we wanted an album to sound overall on ‘Coexist’. That’s something we’ll try again, however the new one ends up sounding.”