The xx transformed Drake and Rihanna’s dancehall hit “Too Good” into a slow-burning ballad during their appearance on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Jamie xx unfurled soft sighs of piano and synth behind Romy Madley Croft’s post-rock guitar swells; Croft and bassist Oliver Sim alternated on vocals, occasionally singing in their trademark unison style.
“We love this song,” Sim said of the original Drake track. “We have taken it to a different place – it’s maybe not as danceable, but we hope you enjoy it.” The British indie-pop trio also performed “On Hold,” the dynamic lead single from their newly released third LP, I See You.
The bassist also briefly addressed the four-year break between I See You and 2013’s Coexist. “It’s been a shock to the system,” he said of rejuvenating the band, “but it’s been a long time coming, and we’re so excited.”
The band’s Drake love runs deep: They titled their new album after watching the rapper-singer live. “He just called out to all these different people,” Croft told Rolling Stone. “‘I see you, in the purple jumper! I see you. …’ It was really funny but you know, it’s warm, it’s affirming that you see your friend. You feel understood and you don’t feel as alone.”
The xx will kick off a North American tour April 14th at Coachella, with dates stretching until late May.