The xx Plan to Release Clubby Album by 2012 Festival Season

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The xx have started preparing a follow-up to the London electronic pop outfit's Mercury Prize-winning self-titled debut, with an eye on an early 2012 release.

"The majority of the stuff that I'm working now is the xx stuff," producer Jamie xx says in a newly posted video interview with the Creators Project, a joint media effort by Vice and Intel. "We're just about to start recording. Hopefully we'll get it done in time to be asked to do festivals next year, because that's the most fun."

2009's The xx has a slinky bedroom intimacy, but the xx's second full-length could take on a more extroverted feel. "We've all come back off tour and kind of been partying a little bit more," continues Jamie xx, whose real name is Jamie Smith. "So club music has definitely had an influence on the next record."

In the full clip, which you can watch below, Jamie xx also discusses his collaborative album with Gil Scott-Heron, how RJD2's Deadringer inspired him to start producing, some of the technical aspects of the xx's music, and more.

Jamie xx's past year or so has also included solo work, remixing Radiohead, remixing Adele, being covered by Gorillaz, and lending production to the title track of Drake's Take Care. That's one hell of a résumé to bring into a sophomore LP.

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