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Atmospheric English indie pop group the xx formed in London in 2008 around the talents of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, Baria Qureshi, and Jamie Smith, when the bandmembers were still in high school. Captivating and cool, the group cites influences that run the gamut from R&B (Aaliyah and Rihanna) to classic alternative rock (the Cure and the Pixies). Built around the duel vocals of Croft and Sim, the group's signature brand of moody, soulful indie rock first appeared on the public radar in early 2009 with the single "Crystalised," which created a huge buzz among critics and fans alike. The xx released their self-titled debut LP in July of that year in the U.K.; it was released in the U.S. the following month. Late that year, Qureshi was no longer part of the group; the rest of the xx released a statement via NME saying this was due to "personal differences." During 2010, the live dates only continued, including spots at several high-profile summer festivals, and in September, their album won Britain's coveted Mercury Prize. Meanwhile, Smith worked with Gil Scott-Heron on the remix album We're New Here (in turn spawning the Drake song "Take Care," which sampled the pair's "I'll Take Care of U"). In mid-2012, a pair of singles, "Angels" and "Chained," heralded the release of the group's second album Coexist that September. ~ James Christopher Monger
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  2.   Crystalised
  3.   Islands
  4.   VCR
  5.   Chained
  6.   Basic Space
  7.   Angels
  8.   Heart Skipped A Beat
  9.   Intro
  10.   Stars
  11.   Shelter
  12.   Infinity
  13.   Fiction
  14.   Sunset
  15.   Reunion
  16.   Night Time
  17.   Missing
  18.   Fantasy
  19.   Swept Away
  20.   Try
  21.   Together
  22.   Tides
  23.   Our Song
  24.   Insects
  25.   Unfold
  26.   Don't Be Shy
  27.   Hot Like Fire
  28.   Teardrops
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