If you want to make your Christmas infinitely more sultry, throw those tapes of Mariah Carey and Celine Dion on an open fire and try on the xx (???).
Appearing on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge earlier today, the trio from London cut through parts of Coexist before getting to what we were all waiting for: a cover of Wham!’s “Last Christmas.” While Oliver Sim doesn’t make for an exact George Michael substitute, black temporarily replaces red and green on one of Yuletide’s more flamboyant tunes. On the xx take, exuberance takes a back seat to dead-serious seduction, which is every bit ironic as it reads on paper. Let’s just hope this doesn’t end up on a Target or Kohl’s commercial down the line.
The xx- Last Christmas (Live on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge) (download)