Jamie xx Plays Mr. Sandman on ‘Sleep Sound’
Long-teased track is finally streaming in full
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.