Coexist (LP)The XX
The xx's sensual second album proves even better than the first. An 11 song journey into private agonies. The highlights are the stripped spectormisms of 'angels'; the tension between house beats and rock 'n' roll bass that underpins the repressed catharsis of 'chained'; the steel drum flecked eroticism of 'reunion' and the subverted disco of 'sunset'. it's the perfect blend of stark indie pop, late-night soul and post dubstep textures. 'Coexist' is going to be the midnight soundtrack to thousands of seductions over the next few decades.