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Romy of The xx, Fred Again and HAAi release new song ‘Lights Out’ – listen

Secret location of tonight's 'Lights Out' launch party in London to be revealed

By Charlotte Krol

Romy of The xx; Fred Again; HAAi in a composite image
Romy of The xx; Fred Again; HAAi. (Picture: YouTube/Romy; YouTube/Fredagainagain; YouTube/HAAi)

Romy of The xx, Fred Again and HAAi have shared their new collaboration a day after teasing the track alongside a last-minute launch party.

Yesterday (January 19) the three artists took to their respective Instagram pages to post news of the track (via screenshots of a WhatsApp group chat) where they also made reference to a launch show that HAAi described as a “last min free rave in London” in the post’s caption.

“I am SO excited about it!” said Romy in her own post. Fred Again added: “Me and @haaihaaihaai and @romyromyromy have decided to do a random last minute pop up rave in London on the day our song ‘lights out’ comes out! WHICH IS THURSDAY! WHICH IS ONE DAY AWAY BASICALLY!”

HAAi, meanwhile, hinted that they would be joined by social guests at tonight’s (January 20) party, writing: “We may even bring some pals along to play as well, who knows?” Further details have yet to emerge, but fans can sign up via this link to discover the location of tonight’s launch show.

‘Lights Out’ is a classic house track that evolves into a juddering floorfiller – listen below.

Meanwhile, in The xx news, last November a new documentary that weaves in footage from experimental shows that the band performed in 2014 was released alongside the launch of a new digital archive.

The Jamie-James Medina-directed film is one of several new pieces of media shared on record label Young’s new archive, which is titled ‘Young then’.

The xx film centres on their 25 shows at New York City’s The Armory, where the trio played to an audience of 45 people per gig.

It was designed to test people’s perception of intimacy and space, with both the band and crowd facing each other while boxed in to a small, sunken white square. Eventually the ceiling rose and fell away, revealing the 55,000 square-foot Drill Hall in full. Watch it here.

Last month, The xx shared footage of themselves playing together, igniting fans’ hopes of a new album. The three-piece’s most recent record, ‘I See You’, turned five on January 13, 2022.