XXYYXX is the name of Orlando, FL’s 16 year old producer, Marcel Everett. Marcel works out of his bedroom creating harmonious music that provokes emotion and transmits vivid images of peace and still sadness. His music has been featured on XLR8R, The Needle Drop, Earmilk, Indie Shuffle, BIRP
and many more. His full-length releases are available for digital download on Relief in Abstract Records.
Blackbird Blackbird (formerly Bye Bye Blackbird) is the moniker/musical outlet of San Francisco, California wunderkind Mikey Maramag. His reverb-laden musical collages tend to lean towards anthemic, inspirational, and dream-driven themes. Maramag’s influences range from various ends of the musical spectrum. Blackbird Blackbird often tweaks nature-samples and mixes electronic textures with organic instrumentation (guitar, drums, synths, vocal-harmonies). Ghostly female vocals are chopped and screwed, spun around a paint-splattered collage of sound.
Maramag’s deep, textured, and hypnotic pop songs pay homage to the psychedelic pop that the Beatles could have imagined but cannot make today. Blackbird Blackbird’s music is made with the warmth of analogue instrumentation spliced with digital bells and twinkles.
Making music while staying anonymous in the Internet age isn’t only difficult, it’s fun. A couple weeks ago, Slow Magic comprised of an “unknown imaginary friend” bubbled up from nowhere with an incredibly delicious single, “Sorry Safari. The glo-fi outfit whispered into the conversation like a
mysterious woman at a cocktail party— who is that stranger? That hair, that dress! Who’s she here with? You ask the host, but they don’t have any idea, and everyone seems too shy to go up and speak to her. And so you’re content with just gazing quickly, taking sly looks while nuzzling your cocktail nonchalantly, tapping your foot to the beat. This new dreamy video for the lead single from their debut EP was directed by Brendan Canty, the man behind Feel Good Lost based in Cork, Ireland.
San Francisco is a city brimming with hidden talent just waiting to be discovered. Charlie Yin’s bedroom project Giraffage is one of these hidden gems. The music is impressive – lush and dreamy electronic landscapes are woven in with hip hop beats creating a symphony of blissful sounds that
will put you in a dreamlike state. Giraffage performed at Roskilde Festival in Denmark last year and new album will be released on Los Angeles label Alpha Pulp Records.
Beat Culture is 17-year old Sunik Kim, who, simply put, creates experimental electronic music, incorporating sampled pianos, pitch-shifted vocals and synths that recall the “Wall of Sound” typically found in shoegaze. The cohesive “Goldenbacked Weaver” is Beat Culture’s debut album filled with a swirl of sub-genres and samples; you can hear a slight influence of Gold Panda, Animal Collective, Star Slinger, Burial and others. From Hong Kong (but actually Korean) and attending boarding school in the USA, Beat Culture creates pieces that consist of catchy phrases and atmospheric beats that invoke a wide range of emotions. His second LP, “Tokyo Dreamer”, was recently released.