Aaaand we’re back after a much needed sabbatical.
While I spent much of my self-imposed break reacquainting myself with long lost favorites (seriously, the Isley Brothers’ Givin’ It Back is super-incredible!), I have really be struggling to be terribly interested in a lot of new stuff I have heard in January. Thankfully, Jamie XX’s (sorta) latest track, “Touch Me,” (sorta) came out (sorta) officially. It’s a revision of a track that’s been floating around for exactly a year, but now he’s surgically removed Yasmin’s husky vocals, leaving nothing but a clean steel drum workout. While the song borrows its basic vocabulary from “Far Nearer,” “Touch Me” is much more interested in spreading the love around, instead of focusing its love energy on a single object of its affection. It’s a sunny Caribbean dance party for those of us who heard the news this morning that there’s going to be six more weeks of winter.