Yxngxr1 latest EP ‘I Don’t Suit Hats’ strengthened his stature as a singular voice for 2020, resulting in new artist profiles from The Line of Best Fit and Spindle while thrusting his monthly Spotify listeners in excess of 500,000 and Instagram follo
Lead track ‘Something (Demo)’ doesn’t fail to disappoint – Listen HERE.
Yxngxr1 explains “Something (Demo) is a lead up to summer single, just about my exes and being a little sad boy still. It’s been a hard year but I want 2020 to be a year that I remember for releasing so much music and growing my audience. Something (Demo) is the type of song that would’ve just stayed on my laptop for ages, but now I want to be unafraid to just keep releasing music. We pushed back the song from its original release date due to recent events (Black Lives Matter). Last week I was able to get thousands of my fans to sign petitions and donate with me, which was a really cool and special feeling.”
The second track, ‘Calicalicali’ is a fittingly unconventional soundtrack for an unusual summer. A hazy heatstroke of a melody transports us to the West Coast, before Yxngxr1’s DIY bedroom beats set the track’s foundation. His laidback, semi-sung rhymes present a picture postcard of a Cardiff boy who’s longing for some Californian sunshine. Watch the video HERE.
“Calicalicali was inspired by my trip out to San Francisco in December 2019. Meeting different people and seeing a city that was so completely different to my home town, Penarth. I can’t wait to go again once the world returns back to normal” says Yxngxr1.
The tracks are the first to preview his forthcoming EP ‘YELLOW YELLOW YELLOW’, which is out on 5th July and will be released in partnership with EMPIRE. It’s real and relatable from the get-go, with opening track ‘STAY INSIDE (Call Me)’ full of young adult apathy and resigned romantic despair. In tracks that rarely stretch much beyond the two-minute mark, Yxngxr1 gets straight to the point. Bouncy beats quickly lead to earwormy grooves and lo-fi sounds, the mood somehow both uplifting and nostalgic.
‘Hope Ur Good’ demonstrates a darker, moodier tone that we haven’t heard from the young artist before. A sparkling guitar riff rings out over an unobtrusive beat, but it’s his lyrics that really standout. They depict reflective moments of small moments in a relationship that meant a lot – even if they’re lost to the past.