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Monday, March 15, 2010

The xx Get CHLLNGR's Dubstep Treatment

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 4:07 PM

click to enlarge CHLLNGR is an "Island"
  • CHLLNGR is an "Island"

By now the xx's hit track "Islands" is inescapable. You've heard it once, you've heard it a billion times. But there's a reason the song's become such a hit--its cool seduction tactics partner pop subtlety with lyrics about desire taking over. CHLLNGR's Steve Borth (a former Californian who high-tailed it to Norway) gave the ubiquitous single a cool little twist. In his revision, "Islands" goes dubstep, adding electronic frost and plenty of bass while heating up lines about being "frozen by desire."

(For those heading to Austin this week, both acts will be playing various SXSW showcases. For their part, the xx will be playing our big alt weekly party on Friday at La Zona Rosa, noon- 5 p.m.)

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