Marcel Everett aka XXYYXX is only 16 years old, but that hasnāt stopped him from producing great music. He has already been compared to artists like James Blake, J Dilla, and Star Slinger. I would go as far as to say heās a lot like Clams Casino and Evian Christ. No matter what category XXYYXX falls under, the kid has skill.
Everett has perfected the art of finding great vocal samples. In fact, this is what makes his album so great. Whether the vocal is something recognizable or completely drawn out and layered with reverb affects, it seems to glide flawlessly along with the beat (you can hear vocals from TLC and Amy Winehouse in the second and third track).
āBreezeā has a bizarre yet jolly sensation.Ā Listening to it, I had the feeling I was watching a slowed down Disney movie. The track starts off with a deep vocal sample. You canāt comprehend what the voice is saying, but this doesnāt matter because the bass and reverbed clap keeps the intro moving along. Light synth notes fill in spots where the vocal samples canāt; these help lighten the overall mood of the song. The different vocal pitches are pieced together seamlessly as the track thumps along (this reminds of what Pogo does, but with a little more sophistication). The track fills out with some snyths, a fast high-pitched hi-hat, and snare. Ā The music slowly fades away and leaves you wanting just a little bit more.
Iām excited to hear what Marcel Everett will do next. At such a young age, he is due for at least a few more great albums.