the xx – Islands (Nosaj Thing Remix)

Now this is an interesting pair. The xx and Nosaj Thing represent two different paths to the same creation: music that is hauntingly ethereal and deeply personal on a nearly confessional scale. Whereas the xx show remarkable restraint, practically using silence as another component of their sparse yet penetrating melodies, Nosaj Thing fills their empty spaces with his characteristically poignant synth rolls. The collaboration is stunning. Nosaj Thing's insistent yet somehow organic mechanical prowess sweeps up and engulfs the original song's earnest pleas of devotion, subtly chopping the vocals towards the end, leaving a mechanical imprint on their pathos.This is what love sounds like it the computer age.

Islands - the xx (Nosaj Thing Remix)