Some people seem destined to lead a double life – Jamie Smith is one of those men. Having risen to fame thanks to his work as the mastermind behind the sultry sound of The XX, he began doing DJ sets and remixes under his Jamie XX moniker, before eventually moving on to creating his own floor-fillers, becoming one of the most sought after producers of our time.
Among the many names after his sound, Drake created his worldwide hit Take Care (featuring Rihanna) with the skeleton of the already-hugely-popular remix Jamie did of a Gil Scott Heron track for their collaboration album We’re New Here. Since the completion of that project, Smith moved back to crafting the dark and light of his band’s second album Coexist. Now, as The XX play various spaces for Manchester International Festival, Jamie XX brings along Illum Sphere for an all-too-rare solo set at Gorilla.
Tickets are £14 and available through http://www.skiddle.com/