In 2007 Smith joined The xx accompanying old school friends Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, Baria Qureshi from the Elliott School, notable for alumni including Hot Chip, Burial and Four Tet. The band’s first album “xx” was released in August 2009 and went on to become platinum in the UK.
In July 2009, one month prior to the album release, The xx were presented by the FACT Magazine in their FACT mix series. The tape was mixed by the then relatively unknown band member Jamie and featured amongst other tracks three exclusive Jamie xx edits and a solo production. His producing and remixing talent did not remain unnoticed and he received numerous opportunities to remix tracks for other artists like Florence + The Machine, Jack Peñate and Glasser.
Jamie xx went on to produce series of remixes of songs by Gil Scott-Heron from his 2010 album I’m New Here. The first remix single “NY Is Killing Me”, credited to Hoodie Allen, Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx, aired on radio stations across the UK and Europe in late 2010, followed by “I’ll Take Care Of U” in January 2011. Both singles drew a lot of attention by the public and critics and set the way for a 13-track remix album entitled “We’re New Here”, out February 21, 2011 on the XL Records label and produced entirely by Jamie xx. “We’re New Here” received very positive critical acclaims and was named “masterpiece in its own right” by BBC’s Ele Beattie.1 A full album preview could be streamed on the website of The Guardian as early as February 14.