“Crystalised” by The XX is one of those favorites that simply became an essential on their debut LP. Late last year a cover was created in collaboration with sensual vocals by trip hop’s Martina Topley-Bird, the cigarette and whisky inducing feel of Mark Lanegan, and the sultry instrumental background of Warpaint. Taking on a different feel than the original, “Crystalised” transcended into another smoky realm gently re-imagining itself into it’s own version. The cover was officially released by Art Department, and features special remixes by AgoriaDeniz Kurtel, Dixon, and two versions by Eric Kupper and the late Frankie Knuckles under Directors Cut.




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