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The xx (UK)

The xx are a Mercury Prize-winning trio formed in 2005 in London, United Kingdom and signed to Young Turks. The band members are Romy Madley Croft (vocals, lead guitar), Oliver Sim (vocals, bass guitar), and Jamie Smith, known as Jamie xx (beats, MPC sampler). Second guitarist and keyboardist Baria Qureshi was dropped from the band mid-tour in 2009. The reasons behind her ousting remain unclear.

On 17 August 2009, the group released their debut album xx on Young Turks label. The album was recorded in a small garage and produced by the band. It garnered critical acclaim and has been generally well-received, scoring an average of 86/100 based on 24 professional reviews. Also it ranked on "best of the year" lists with Rolling Sto...

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John Talabot (ES)

John Talabot is a youngster from Barcelona, Spain with a rather special way of approaching music. His influences range from flamenco to northern soul, from African music to traditional Asian songs.

His first commercial effort on German label Permanent Vacation included the A side "Afrika" plus another two tracks,"Naomi” and “Korlee” . Shortly after (June 2009), "Sunshine" debuted via Talabot's own label Hivern.

"Sunshine" resurfaced on a limited blue vinyl with mixes by Delorean and Blondes (May 2010) after the original made it to Pitchfork's best new music of their 2009 list. At the same time Permanent Vacation launched his second release for the label: “Matilda’s Dream”

2011 saw the release of a four ...

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