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short stories

Today marks the release of Sampha (of SBTRKT fame) & Koreless’ collaborative effort On The Way/Let It Go on Young Turks. Coming together as Short Stories, the duo have made waves via their lush take on modern garage and are primed to transcend their respective solo ventures. You’ve probably already heard “On The Way” at this point, but “Let It Go” only surfaced today with the single’s release. Eschewing garage’s traditional structure, both Sampha (in beat work) and Koreless’ (in the vocal sampling) sounds are quite apparent and complement each other in a brilliant fashion. The way the off-kilter percussion meshes with the repeated refrain of “Let It Go” is as unsettling as Sampha’s vocals on SBTRKT yet oddly comforting in a hypnotic fashion. Stream below and cop On The Way/Let It Go here.

jamie xx

What can we even say about Jamie Smith at this point? Besides guiding The xx’s sophomore LP and producing for the likes of Drake and Alicia Keys, Sir Jamie (he’s a Knight in our book) has somehow found the time to hone his disc jockeying acumen. Laying down a 54 minute set at last night’s Young Turks/Boiler Room event, Jamie not only demonstrated flawless song selection and sonic progression, but improved mixing ability. After opening with what is presumably his own remix of Coexist bonus cut “Reconsider”, Jamie continues on to match the beatific qualities inherent in his The xx material with the heavier techno he’s been known to play out in live sets. It’s not an easy balance to attain, but Smith handles it with aplomb, brightening and darkening the mood effortlessly. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes a great mix, but whether you exemplary mixing ability or protean song selection, Smith has you covered. Stream and download below.