XXYYXX- Self-Titled

Stream the self-titled mixtape from up-and-coming electronic music producer, XXYYXX, though the widget above. The guy hails from Florida, and his music is an amalgamation of nearly every new sound sprouting up in electronic music right now. There are loads of chopped, looped, and pitch-shifted vocal samples, giving off a pretty healthy James Blake or Burial vibe. There’s a nice bleak, atmospheric aesthetic to these songs as well, reminding me a lot of Zomby. Of course, some skittering footwork rhythms make it into the mix of a few tracks, and a few “cloud rap” moments that call out to the likes of Clams Casino occur, too.

The guy clearly has a great ear for style and detail. If he didn’t, I don’t think he would have been able turn this project around from what is was. The earliest tracks this project has released were instrumental hip hop beats. An example:

A lotta tracks on this mixtape are pretty solid, but it would be great to hear something a little more definitive come out of this project in the future. So, you can grab this mixtape on Bandcamp for whatever price you’d like.

  • http://twitter.com/Shin0bz Shino

    This is definitely missing a lot of stuff, but there are some tracks I really like, such as DMT, Never Leave, Fields, and About You. The sounds on those tracks are really colorful and hypnotic.

  • Adam Della Maggiora

    I’m chilling pretty hard to this. it could use a little more, but it is very chill. not that unique though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcel-Everett/100003056518791 Marcel Everett

    make something better

  • Rob

    Maggiora: can’t tell if trolling or stupid, xxyyxx has a really distinct sound
    Shino: I completely agree with your track list; some of the other tracks feel incomplete IN COMPARISON to the other tracks on the album. If you just give yourself awhile to get down to a baseline and listen to them they’re actually not bad. However, good is much better than not bad.
    Marcel: challenge everyone to do that, I want more good music ): ):

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcel-Everett/100003056518791 Marcel Everett

    Yeah, that’s what I meant. If my music is missing something, make something better seriously. A lot of people need good music to listen to.

  • UHURU

    mos def somethin 2 blaze 2

  • Huru Guru

    The track is definitely sparse but I don’t think it is lacking or feels incomplete

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcel-Everett/100003056518791 Marcel Everett

    I think he meant the older track like slow down. This reviews about the new album! My older stuff did have ‘holes’ haha.

  • http://twitter.com/gypsysphere Gypsy Sphere

    I really like what XXYYXX is doing on this album. It’s a huge departure from his debut release. My current fav is “Alone.” Listen here: http://gypsysphere.com/2012/04/03/xxyyxx-outdoes-debut-album-with-a-more-minimal-follow-up/

  • andr0.

    XXYYXX is just incredible. hard to believe he’s only 16 years old making music that sounds like years beyond his age! what a professional! the euphoria of beats, sounds , and samples make into gorgous melodies and fucking catchy basslines. it’s endless fun, I assure you XXYYXX is going to be huge in the future. I want him to produce an OF album! or collab with Doom would be sweet.

  • Wyatt

    I gotta say from listening/discovering this album in the past three months I’ve grown to obsess over it. While I’ll admit there’s some weak points in the album with songs like “DMT” and the way that “Breeze” seems to not really have a definite structure (stuff that didn’t really hold up for me), the album as a whole has really caught my eye with the likes of the modern electronic music scene. This guy amazes me and I can’t wait to see where he goes with the project.

    By the way, favorite track is “Tied2U.” I can play that all day long on repeat.

    P.S.- THIS NEEDS TO GO ON VINYL SO I CAN BUY IT AND FRAME IT UP ON MY WALL!!!!!!!

  • mermaidsuki

    but he sounds just like burial….

  • mermaidsuki

    NO HE DOES NOT HAVE A DISTINCT SOUND, HE SOUNDS JUST LIKE BURIAL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ProjectofLC Djeff Anarkin Celis

    you don’t listen to enough burial

  • Zeek1212

    I listened to Burial before discovering XXYYXX. And in my opinion, Burial is a lot darker. XXYYXX is more floaty. To put it another way, I can imagine rainbows from some of XXYYXX’S stuff, where compared to Burial I don’t. Maybe an odd comparison, but it is what it is.
    I definitely think X has a distinctive sound as well. Then again, I’ve listened to all of their tracks so often that it’s much easier for me to know when it’s their music. It would be an interesting test if I were to listen to new music they put out, without knowing it’s them, and see if I recognize it. That is, given they don’t change up their main, underlying style.

    And @Wyatt – I KNOW!! VINYL PLEASE. The only reason I stumbled across this page in the first place is from doing a google search for a vinyl version of this album. I’d pay anywhere from $20-$50 just to have this on vinyl. Man…

  • Zeek1212

    Colorful and hypnotic. Nice descriptions. Definitely agree.

  • Nick

    I think he’s got a unique sound, but my main problem with this album was that it is horribly produced. Especially the percussion, which can go from underwhelming to overwhelming in the blink of an eye. The synths are terribly mixed and so is the bass in most cases.
    It could have been so much better if it weren’t so horribly executed.