Marcel Everett (aka XXYYXX) may have just turned seventeen this past October, but his most recent effort, a self-titled album he released last year, is already his second. Often when we hear about teenage artists, it's related to some kind of manufactured pop or punk. In the current era, though, it should come as no surprise to anyone that a teenager, with boundless energy and copious amounts of free time, would come up with electronic music this sophisticated. Using Fruity Loops and Ableton, Everett has drawn inspiration from electronic artists of the past decade for a sound that, in times past, might have been called downtempo with elements of grime. Sure, his work still strongly bears the marks of his influences, but his remixes and original compositions reveal a promising and imaginative talent.
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