Solange & Oliver Sim (of The xx) Cover Nicole Ray’s “Make It Hot”

Solange Knowles and Dev Hynes were on hand last in to perform in London at XOYO. On hand was Oliver Sim from  The xx to provide vocals on a cover of Nicole Ray’s 1998 R&B jam “Make It Hot” featuring Missy Elliot. Watch below:

About Solange:

Solange Piaget Knowles (born June 24, 1986), who performs under the mononym Solange, is an American singer-songwriteractressmodeldancer, and DJ. Knowles was born and raised in Houston, Texas along with her older sister singer Beyoncé. Showing an interest in music recording at an early age, she eventually broke into the music scene at 16. She has released two studios albums: Solo Star in 2003 and her most successful album to date, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams in 2008, which peaked at number nine in the US Billboard 200chart. Knowles is currently recording her third studio album for an early 2013 release. A new video and single for “Losing You” were released on October 2, 2012. [1] Knowles worked with Dev Hynes and Pharrel Williams on this album. Solange is releasing her first extended play entitled True which releases on November 27, 2012 under Terrible Records. This marks for preparation of her third studio album.

Knowles’ work has earned her several achievements, including working with Destiny’s ChildBET Awards and Soul Train Music Award nominations and three consecutive singles notched at the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play. In October 2012, Solange, among other celebrities such as Idris ElbaNick Cannon, and Pauly D were nominated for Celebrity DJ Of The Year Award from The Golden Spin Awards. Winner has not been announced as of yet.

Knowles appeared on the big screen in Johnson Family Vacation. She provided a song for the soundtrack, though it was not used in the film. She also appeared in the straight-to-video Bring It On: All or Nothing, which co-starred Hayden Panettiere, of the TV series Heroes. In January 2012, Knowles signed a modeling contract with Next Model Management. She has been honored by the American Society of Culture Critics for her contributions to music and fashion.

Knowles has been compared to her sister by the media, but she dismisses the notion, saying they are artistically different.

About The XX

The xx are a Mercury Prize-winning trio formed in 2005 in London, United Kingdom and signed to Young Turks. The band members are Romy Madley Croft (vocals, lead guitar), Oliver Sim (vocals, bass guitar), and Jamie Smith, known as Jamie xx (beats, MPC sampler). Second guitarist and keyboardist Baria Qureshi was dropped from the band mid-tour in 2009. The reasons behind her ousting remain unclear.

On 17 August 2009, the group released their debut album xx on Young Turks label. The album was recorded in a small garage and produced by the band. It garnered critical acclaim and has been generally well-received, scoring an average of 86/100 based on 24 professional reviews. Also it ranked on “best of the year” lists with Rolling Stone placing it at #9 and NME placing it at #2.

Four singles were released from their debut album: “Crystalised”, “Basic Space”, “Islands” and “VCR”.

The xx also remixed the classic song “You’ve Got the Love” originally written by The Source and covered byFlorence + the Machine. They also added their own vocals on the song. The group won the 2010 Mercury Prize for their album on 7th September 2010. After being the bookies’ favourites for many of the weeks leading up to the announcement, they beat eleven other acts.