The XX - ‘Coexist’ + Sloe Gin Fizz
Ingredients: 2oz Sloe Gin, 1/2oz fresh lemon juice, 1/2tsp sugar, soda water
Mixing Instructions: Put Sloe Gin, Lemon Juice, and sugar into a cocktail shaker. Shake briskly then pour into a chilled highball glass. Fill glass with soda water and stir lightly.
Notes: The XX came out of the gate strong with their debut in 2009 and gave us a proper follow-up by further refining what they did so well out of the gate. Coexist puts the focus right where it should be… on the simplicity of singers Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, something fans should appreciate. Production by Jamie Smith (Jamie XX… an incredible talent on his own account) might leave some super fans of his wanting… these tracks are beautifully well done but don’t yet capitalize on his adventurous side of his solo work. Instead, the sound is hauntingly full with occasional glimmers of his unique capabilities. Throw this album on with a Sloe Gin Fizz and by the time you reach “Swept Away,” you might just be.