Wow, drowsy tropical vibes and hypnagogic wonder in this new jam from Jamie Smith, resident beat-smith in recent Mercury Prize winners, The xx. Speaking with Xfm Radio’s X-Posure last night, the MPC aficionado said this of his new solo project: “It’s a tune I made on one of our short breaks from touring and I was eager to make some new music…I got a steel pan and made this track and it is coming out on Numbers Records in about a month or so.”
Track’s called “Far Nearer” though Smith’s still unsure of what moniker he’ll release it under. Jamie xx is still a possibility. Jamie Tropical Thunder is another. Our suggestion, of course. Anyways, this is just astoundingly beautiful – totally enamoured with that light/heavy duality implied in the track’s title and pleasantly surprised with the barely there steel pans, which never encroach on jokey pastiche as can happen when steel pans are involved.