UK electronic pop band The xx caused a mass critical swoon with their Mercury Prize-winning eponymous debut record in 2009. It was marked by intimate vocal interplay and passionate minimalism, and smacked of the night-time setting in which it was recorded. On their sophomore album - Coexist - The xx have further simplified an already bare sound and given merit to the phrase "less is more". There's an underlying sense of pulse that burrows into you on Coexist if you allow it... and we recommend you do. Coexist takes the #6 spot on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012.