Not quite vintage, but still rather tantalizing, white soul.
By Barbi Martinez
With new album I See You due shortly from The xx (and no, that is not a Yes reference), the British outfit has been busily gearing up and rolling out, so to speak. The other week we got to check out the audio and video for “On Hold,” an overtly poppy/soul tune that samples Hall and Oates, of all people. They also performed it on Saturday Night Live fairly credibly, thanks to some smartly-performing backing tapes. (Mariah Carey, take note.)
Now arrives “Say Something Loving,” which you can listen to below – it’s definitely the stronger track of the two tunes, and further indication that The xx is embracing its white-soul influences.