Sex xx 100
There was a lot of empty space in the xx's music, even then, in the 'Early Demos'.But we just found that the best stuff was the most sparse." At the behest of XL owner Richard Russell, the xx recorded their debut album at the label's small, in-house recording studio—XL Studio—making them the first act to record there.Croft trusted that Smith, who did not want to conceal any imperfections by overproducing xx, would make it practical for them to perform live rather than layer the songs with several guitar or vocal elements.Most of xx was recorded from late December to late January before Mc Donald and Smith began an exhaustive mixing process, which lasted two weeks.The microphones were among the more expensive items he borrowed for the studio's preliminary setup so XL would not be overwhelmed with a costly budget.Despite Mc Donald's close involvement, the xx had been encouraged to self-produce their album by Russell; he believed it would remain faithful to both the band's distinctive live sound and the DIY ethic practiced at XL since its beginnings as a rave label.Most of them were sung as low-key duets by Croft and Sim, both of whom wrote emotional lyrics about love, intimacy, loss, and desire.xx was released in August 2009 by the Young Turks record label, an imprint of XL, and received widespread acclaim from critics, many of whom named it one of the year's best records.
After all the instrumental elements had been tracked, Croft and Sim recorded their vocals together, rarely singing backup to one another on any of the songs.
It sold steadily over its first few years of release, becoming a sleeper hit in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Although none of its singles became hits, xx benefited commercially from the licensing of its songs to television programs and the band's Mercury Prize win for the album in 2010.
He also created click tracks for the rest of the band to keep timing when they recorded their individual parts.
After those parts had been recorded, he refined and incorporated his beats into the songs for three to four weeks.
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Although the xx had been strongly influenced by R&B acts, the album also drew comparisons from critics to alternative rock, electronica, and post-punk sounds.