Imagine Ed Sheeran, on the wrong side of a night out, happens to chance upon a beautiful pair of marimbas.
He then proceeds to play those marimbas uncharacteristically softly will banging his head against a drum machine. If you’ve wrapped your mind around that then you’ve basically got XO.
The Stoke-on-Trent artist combines tribal percussion and groovy baselines with streamline production and smooth vocalisation to create a delicate slice of pop goodness.
‘No Games’ is everything you could possibly want from a pop song; unchallenging, catchy and sonically coherent. Good job sir!
Words by Aaron Powell