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In 2013, xx was ranked number 237 on NME magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Croft and Sim played guitar and bass, respectively, and dueted as the band's vocalists, while Smith programmed electronic beats for their songs, and Qureshi doubled as a keyboardist and additional guitarist.

It was once the head office building's rear garage before Russell transformed it at the beginning of 2008 into a makeshift writing, rehearsal, and demo space for XL's artists.

Mc Donald was assigned in September to manage and properly equip the room, which he liked because it was soundproof and "isolated from the rest of the office, so it wasn't like you were working in the record company's presence." Over the next few months, Mc Donald and Pawson prepared a budget for the label to fund the studio's preliminary setup, which would have recording equipment specifically suited for the xx, including a modestly sized soundboard ideal for recording a small group.

After posting the demos on their Myspace page, the xx drew the interest of Young Turks, an imprint label of XL Recordings.

They submitted the demos to XL's head office at Ladbroke Grove and were subsequently signed to a recording contract.

He also created click tracks for the rest of the band to keep timing when they recorded their individual parts.

After those parts had been recorded, he refined and incorporated his beats into the songs for three to four weeks.

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Despite Mc Donald's close involvement, the xx had been encouraged to self-produce their album by Russell; he believed it would remain faithful to both the band's distinctive live sound and the DIY ethic practiced at XL since its beginnings as a rave label.

Audio engineer Rodaidh Mc Donald worked with the xx during the recording sessions and strived to reproduce the intimate, unembellished quality of their demos.

The band's Jamie Smith produced xx on his laptop and created electronic beats for the songs, which he then mixed in a detailed process with Mc Donald.

Croft trusted that Smith, who did not want to conceal any imperfections by overproducing xx, would make it practical for them to perform live rather than layer the songs with several guitar or vocal elements.

Most of xx was recorded from late December to late January before Mc Donald and Smith began an exhaustive mixing process, which lasted two weeks.

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