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As the 5th installment of Gorilla Vs. Bear’s summer showcase is fast approaching on July 31st, there is a lot to be excited about. This year’s headliner, Jamie XX just released a new album at the end of May this year, and it already has the internet buzzing with the same fervor as the London dance clubs he performs in.

Jamie Smith, or Jamie XX, first came into the public eye when he produced the debut album for the UK band, the xx. Later that year, he began working as a solo artist, remixing work for artists like Florence + The Machine, Adele, and Glasser. His collaboration album with Gil Scott-Heron in 2011, We’re New Here, showed a different side of him, a departure from his music with the xx. His debut solo album has been rumored for years, and in this case the anticipation was well-justified.

Named Best New Music by Pitchfork with an impressive 9.3 rating, the album review states it best:  “it’s the dazzling culmination of Jamie xx’s last six years of work, gathering up elements of everything he’s done—moody ballads, floor-filling bangers, expansive and off-kilter collaborations with vocalists—and packing them tightly into a glittering ball that reflects spinning fragments of feeling back at us.”

In Colour feels like a full sensory experience, transcending the effects of a typical electronic music album and creating a sense of emotion and vulnerability that is present in every track. 

Check out this track off In Colour featuring Young Thug and Popcaan:

Tickets are available now for the 5th annual Gorilla vs. Bear summer show on Friday, July 31. Get them soon, because with hype like this, they’ll be going fast!

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