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Tomorrow (March 27th) the boys/girls over at Relief In Abstract records are dropping XXYYXX's eponymous sophomore effort! Now, ever since we introduced XXYYXX to you guys this past July, he's been a crowd favorite. Producer Marcel Everett's signature fro-fi style could not have come at a better time with big time producers like Clams Casino dropping similar sounds for names like A$AP Rocky and Lil' B. If hi-hats, fat bass, ghostly synths and vox are your thing, then now's the time to drink it in.
That being said, the new XXYYXX marks a departure from his older (now slightly dated) chillwave influence that characterized (the debut record) Still Sound so well. Sub-bass is abound, who is this? XXYYXX blurs the line between Drake, Clams, and Salem like a pro (remember, he isn't even my age) each track is incredibly fresh and beachy, but in a completely different way from last year. I don't know if I want someone to rap over the beats, scream over them, or just shut the fuck up and let me listen to them.
Definite album highlights include "TIED2U" (which has a Clams feel, with seasick slow vox, waves of sub-bass, and earthy claps) + "Overdone" (see Grimes + Drake collaboration that happens in my sick, musical dreams), both of which I've included for free download at the bottom of the review. Pick it all up in a day, wherever Relief In Abstract music can be downloaded. You'll never regret it, this is one of those rare albums that I can already say with certainty will be a classic of the year. Just remember who took care of you before the rest, Earmilk. Enjoy.
Still Sound (Summer 2011) Highlights
XXYYXX (Spring 2012) Highlights