The XX: The Essentials

The XX helped kickstart what's meant to be a fantastic year for new music with a highly-anticipated album of its own. I See You was released last month to critical success, and the group's tour just began in Europe.

The trio's most recent single, "Say Something Loving" is a bright, ethereal conversation that's desperate and sultry, addictive with climbing strings.

While The XX is making its way to the U.S. in April, many of its shows are already sold out (a byproduct of being a highly lauded band and not releasing music for five years).

This is likely to be the band's biggest year yet. Its curating the sold-out Night + Day Festival in London once again, and this year's line-up includes artists such as Sampha, Robyn and Kelela, plus a six hour DJ-set from band member Jamie XX.

Whether your on the fence about finally buying tickets to a show or just in need of a refresher, here is a playlist of essential songs from The XX's full repetoire:


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