XO “Old Skool”
Like most of us, XO seems to harbor a certain fondness for the “old school,” […]
Like most of us, XO seems to harbor a certain fondness for the “old school,” at least if this one-off freebie is any indication. The appropriately titled “Old Skool” track from the young Englishman serves as an homage to a number of decades-old sounds, lacing its shuffling undercurrent with a series of jubilant organ stabs, excitable chords, droning strings, and even a bit of hip-house vocal sampling for good measure. Still, XO shapes the bassweight and rhythmic force of his latest production very much to today’s standards, rendering “Old Skool” a welcome choice for any dancefloor willing to simultaneously look forward and backwards into the canon of house music.