Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Watch Live

For Romy, dance music is best when it 'pulls your heart out'

Bryan Novak
Courtesy of the artist

What song would you include in a playlist called Emotional Music To Dance To? For Romy, that mix would include late '90s and early 2000s dance anthems like Sonique's "It Feels So Good" and Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone."

It'd be a collection of songs that Romy heard sneaking into Soho clubs as a teenager growing up in London. It's that world of entrancing dance music, and the memories attached to them, that color Romy's vibrant solo debut, Mid Air.

Romy says the record, which comes out Friday, Sept. 8, is really a "singer-songwriter album" within a dance music world: The sort of dance music that hijacks your body and "pulls your heart out."


It's a sound and feeling the guitarist and vocalist for The xx teased nearly eight years ago on "Loud Places," a single from her bandmate Jamie xx's own solo record, In Colour. Romy all but confirmed a dance record was on the way when she dropped the euphoric solo track "Lifetime" in 2020.

Three years later, Romy has struck an emotional chord on Mid Air. In this session, she talks about exploring queer joy, love and grief; sampling the one-of-a-kind voice of Beverly Glenn-Copeland; and about her fruitful creative partnership with British producer Fred again...

Plus, Romy performs songs from Mid Air live for World Cafe, including a performance of the brand new track "Weightless."

Copyright 2023 XPN. To see more, visit XPN.