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Like the xx? Then Check Out These Five Artists

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Aliya Naumoff
Every weekend we like to take one of our favorite new groups and find five other artists we think you might like too. Sometimes their connections aren't so obvious; other times that connection just might be based on a shared love of some obscure band from the past. This week, the London-based indie-pop trio the xx expands your musical horizons to a late R&B princess, a British electronic songwriter and art-minded indie rockers from Los Angeles.


Aaliyah

 
 

This R&B singer was only 15 years old when her debut single 'Back & Forth' reached the Top 5. She died in 2001 at the age of 22 in a plane crash. Her 1998 song 'Are You That Somebody?' is essential listening for anyone who cares about music. The xx covered her excellent 1997 single 'Hot Like Fire.'

 

James Blake

 
 

Like the xx, James Blake comes from London. He also plays a moody, slow-building blend of electro-pop and new-millennium soul like the xx. His self-titled debut album was one of 2011's best, simmering R&B for the computer age.

 

Purity Ring

 
 

This synth-pop duo from Montreal makes dreamy music that feels like a warm blanket comforting your ears on a cold night. Like the xx, Purity Ring are way more soulful than what you typically expect, and get, from indie rockers.

 

SBTRKT

 
 

This mask-wearing DJ, producer and electronic artist also hails from London, where he grew up as Aaron Jerome. He got his start remixing Radiohead, M.I.A. and Basement Jaxx. His own music, especially 2011's self-titled debut, is a loopy delight.

 

Warpaint

 
 

These four artsy women from Los Angeles play around with your expectations, never settling into one set groove in their music. They can be loud, they can be quiet and, like the xx, their music reveals new layers of depth with each listen.

 

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