Early next month, Jamie xx will release In Colour, his first real solo LP, and please believe me when I tell you that it’s an absolute fucking stunner, a beautiful meditation on club music that, at certain points, works as straight-up club music. We’ve heard the early tracks “Gosh” and “Loud Places,” the latter of which features Romy Madley Croft, Jamie’s bandmate in the xx. Those are both excellent tracks, but right now, my favorite thing in the album is “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times),” on which Atlanta rap livewire Young Thug and reggae star Popcaan go in over a weightless summery track. The version that showed up online this morning isn’t the one that’s on the album; you can’t hear Popcaan on it. That’s a shame. But even without him, it’s still a massive song. Thug weaves in and out of the track’s old soul sample, and he opens things up with this line: “I’ma ride in the pussy like a stroller.” It’s a combination that somehow makes perfect sense, and you can hear it, and read some words from Jamie xx about it, below.
Talking to XXL, Jamie says:
I was living in New York for a couple months and I was doing a drive to Manhattan while I was listening to Hot 97. It was the perfect setting and it made me want to make the track like that. I just think [Young Thug] is the best at the moment, him and Popcaan. I sent the song to other people who did versions, but [Thug and Popcaan’s] version fit best on the record… Young Thug has such a weird style I love, especially the things he does with his voice. It just sounds different. I like that Popcaan is so young and he comes from a different place, but they complement each other very well… Young Thug did a whole version of the song and Popcaan did a whole version of the song. I ended up splicing it together for the final version. Young Thug was really quick. I was surprised with how quick he got back to me. They got to hear the final version and they were happy. They said they want to do more stuff together.
In Colour is out 6/2 on Young Turks.