Marcel Everett, or as his diehard fans know him, XXYYXX, makes pure rapture. I first heard of him when J. Scott, A$AP Mob’s DJ, tweeted a 2 Chainz remix over XXYYXX’s hit song “About You”. It was easily one of my favorite tracks of the year, and it led to the discovery of the 16-year-old’s self-titled album, which nestles Amy Winehouse, TLC, and R. Kelly samples within pulsating electronic grooves. He strikes the right balance between hip-hop techniques and electronic aesthetics, almost like an updated version of '90s R&B, only without the vocals. Perfect for rainy days and blunt smoke.
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