26. The xx "Angels"
Producer: Jamie xx
Label: Young Turks
Coexist might not have had the same impact as its predecessor, but some seem to forget how strong its singles are. Not only that, but the xx have clearly honed and refined their sound while adding enough sonic touches to freshen it up. This is evident on lead single "Angels," a typically gentle track from the London trio.
Where the heavy-hearted tune differs is in the percussion from Jamie xx, who retains his minimalist approach but beefs up the track with smoky snares and heavy kicks. These are complementary strokes that transform the song from a low-key dream-pop tune into the type of track that completely engulfs you. -AM