XXYYXX’s self-titled sophomore album is so good it deserves a vinyl release. It’s honestly that impressive. Instead the album is available for download via the name-your-price format right here, which is crazy considering I haven’t been this taken by an album in awhile. That XXYYXX is the product of a bedroom producer is all the more satisfying. Behind the moniker is 16 year-old minimal bass producer Marcel Everett, whom we briefed you on earlier this month. I know the constant emphasis placed upon youth has become a bit redundant, but still, I cannot stress enough how impressive this album is given Marcel’s age.
Throughout XXYYXX's 14 tracks, the lines between remix, edit, and original material are constantly blurred. The irresistible garage tune “Good Enough” revolves around an intoxicating sample of TLC's “No Scrubs”, while “Breeze” is a very deconstructed rework of Alt-J's sleeper hit “Breezeblock”. Marcel's sampling is eclectic yet precise, and no genre is off limits. This LP is essentially a collection of material that XXYYXX has reinterpreted. In “Forest Fires”, a soulful, empowering vocal performance is paired perfectly with an Eastern-influenced riff and gripping dubstep synth. This unlikely layering is the work of a skilled producer with impeccable taste. I could compliment all of his tracks, but instead I will highly encourage you to add this incredibly impressive album to your library. Enjoy and download it below. Keep up with XXYYXX on Facebook for more.