10 Lyrics by the XX That Could Also Be Sung by R. Kelly

Tiny, pretty women with Skrillex cuts emotionally screeched along with every single lyric sung by Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim last night at the Fillmore on Miami Beach. It was in this haze of feelings and mixed drinks that I realized that the xx makes R&B for white people, with an emphasis on lesbians. 

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Though the British trio sort of half-assed their performance, they were clearly shocked by how insanely enthusiastic the crowd was. Hey, xx people, South Florida may be tan and sexy, but we all have feelings too. Jeez.  

The music made people as frenzied and hot as if they were at a Brian McKnight concert. It's high in sensuality and emotionality. It's slow, but powerful, and never without hope. Sex and love get all tangled up in each other under a thin lyrical veil. But, my point is, the crowd was mostly 110-pound Kendall and Pembroke Pines-bred lesbians. And, Jamie xx played an electric drum instead of a steel drum. Come on, dude, we're in the Caribbean, impress us.   

Anyway, to further prove our point, we've gathered lyrics by the xx that could easily also be sung by R&B god R. Kelly. 

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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