BACK in 2009, The XX released their critically acclaimed debut album, XX. Winning the Mercury Music Prize, the band were praised for creating a form a music that nobody had ever done before.

Coexist is the long-awaited follow-up album, released in September 2012.

The record provides the same sound that put the band on the map. Beautiful lyrics, deep basslines and mellow beats, collectively make one of the best albums of the year.

Singles Angels and Chained were released prior to the album as a flavour of what was to be expected. Opening the album in subtle manner, the tracks became the basis for remixes by DJs across the country.

Jamie Smith (a.k.a Jamie XX) provides the sampling and drum beats in tracks such as Sunset and Swept Away. Impressive guitar riffs dominate the album, courtesy of Romy Madley Croft, who’s female vocals take an equally dominate role.

Their are few words to describe exactly what the XX’s sound actually is. The only way to find out is to give them a listen.

Coexist is one of the finest albums of the past 12 months. With every track a possible single, Coexist is my pick of the year. If you haven’t already got copy, it would be a wise investment of your Christmas money or record store vouchers...