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Listen Up: The XX Covered by Gorillaz, Shakira, OMD and More

Young British group's songs have been covered by a motley collection of artists

November 22, 2010 3:34 PM ET

Late last week, Gorillaz (watch above) joined a list of artists who have covered songs from the xx's 2009 debut that includes Shakira, Taylor Momsen, jj, OMD, the Antlers and more. Here's a roundup of some of the most noteworthy.

Watch: The xx at Bonnaroo 2010

Swedish group jj covers "Intro" [YouTube]

Shakira takes on "Islands," retitles it "Explore" [Idolator]

Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen and the Pretty Reckless combine "Islands" with Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" [Stereogum]

Dubstep duo Various Productions and Britain's Jonquil both take on "Infinity" [Pitchfork, YouTube]

Brooklyn indie-rockers the Antlers and '80s synth-pop vets Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark both cover "VCR" [Pretty Much Amazing, Exclaim.ca]

Of course, the XX are no slouch at the covers game themselves, having served up songs by Aaliyah, Robin S., Womack & Womack and former tourmates Florence and the Machine, along with a pile of remixes.

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