Before his set in Miami at Bardot WMC tomorrow for a Young Turks showcase, Jamie XX spoke with FACT magazine about his latest projects.
"In terms of my own production work I'm working with a few pop artists... that I can't name yet, and I'm thinking it'll form an EP, but I can't really call it until it's nearly finished for me. I'm also getting ready to get back on the DJ circuit more what with all the summer festivals, so I'm working out how to go about that visually as well to keep it interesting."
He added that some African records he has been listening to have begun to influence him:
"[I've been] picking up old records and a lot of African music. I've been enjoying the melodies and how different the song structuring process is, and especially how danceable it is. I was speaking to Kieran Hebden a while ago and he was recommending me a lot of records in that vein... I feel like I've been absorbing a lot of that production wise. All the records that I collect work their way into the music that I make in some way or another, but I think in terms of the African influence it's becoming more visible."
Jamie is certainly in demand all over the place with The XX's recently worldwide successes. Drake has said that he wants Jamie XX to be a significant presence on his next album Nothing Was The Same, and several other artists have been seeking out the producer.