Love the xx but find their last album a little too somnolent? A new set of remixes from Âme, Dixon, and Marcus Worgull might be just the thing. The three Berlin artists, all affiliated with the Innervisions label, manage to toughen up the material without losing its essential seductive quality. They really make the bedsprings sing, in other words: Marcus Worgull's rework of "Fiction" splits the difference between slo-mo Italo disco and downcast Cure vibes, Dixon's "Ties" mix goes deep into pumping chords and wayward arpeggios, and Âme turn "Reunion" into one of subtlest, most sensual deep-house anthems of the summer. Going from skeletal bass-and-drums shuffle to lonesome steel drum riffing to a full mind-and-body rubdown serenaded by Romy and Oliver's dusky vocals, it's as stealthy as it is silky.
The xx's Innervisions Remixes EP is out now on vinyl through YoungVisions, a collaborative one-off between Young Turks and Innervisions; the digital version will be available on Monday. Listen to samples at Phonica and check out Worgull's remix in full below.