The XX – Basic Space (9/10)


Don’t be fooled by the austere, abstract name. The XX’s intimate, personal songs will make you feel good, in a melancholy way. In fact, it’s their songwriting, together with their refusal to turn the emo knob up to 11 that lifts them above the current crop of early eighties revivalist indie acts.

VCR celebrates the romance of the pre-DVD era, while Heart Skips A Beat lives up to its title with a stuttering rhythm track and minimal instrumentation. Low-key New Order guitar lines, nice synth textures, and cute boy-girl duet vocals high in the mix – what’s not to like?