Listen: Mikky Ekko – Chained (The xx Cover)

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Recently named One To Watch Mikky Ekko  recently stopped by Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1 show to perform a cover of The xx‘s “Chained”, as well as a live version of one of our new favorite tracks, “Pull Me Down”.

The Clams Casino cohort turned the once lush, vocally-layered track into a sparse, soulful number that sounds more Miguel than xx. Here, Mr. Ekko displays a production more minimal than that of The xx: a feat that I previously deemed impossible. And to top it all off, he provides us with a gorgeous live version of “Pull Me Down” that showcases a more raw, vulnerable quality than in the original.

It’s barely been a week of 2013, but Mikky Ekko acts fast, and it seems as though we may have a new superstar on our hands. And thanks to The Line Of Best Fit, we’ve got radio rips of the aforementioned tracks below.

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