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Jamie xx Plays Mr. Sandman on ‘Sleep Sound’

Long-teased track is finally streaming in full

picture-18685-1372868658By: Philip Sherburne // March 27, 2014

Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound” has been floating around for a while now, as ephemeral as the title would suggest. It first surfaced last November as an untitled rip from the xx-man’s Live at Night + Day Berlin mix for Red Bull Music Academy; a few weeks later, when he concluded his BBC Radio 6 set with the spongy, 2-step-meets-doo-wop jam, we learned that it was called “Sleep Sound.” Now Young Turks have uploaded the full song to YouTube, in all its pneumatic glory. The song is accompanied by a computer rendering of what appears to be a pink gum eraser, which makes sense, given the way the song can clear out a wide swath of soothing empty space in even the most cluttered psyches. Fire it up, close your eyes, and feel the world melt away.

“Sleep Sound” comes out May 6 via Young Turks, accompanied by the new song “Girl”; pre-orders for iTunes downloads and 12-inch vinyl are open now.