New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Los Angeles and Australia lie thousands of miles apart, yet the Sydney-born producer MXXWLL more than embodies the California Love. Today MXXWLL announces the release of his debut album with single and official video LIGHT TURN GREEN features a line-up of impressive collaborators including LA's John Givez, Rae Khalil as well as NY producer Carrtoons.
LIGHT TURN GREEN premiered on the airwaves via triple j and MXXWLL explains on the recording "I'd just arrived in LA and I hit up John Givez, he came through to chop it up, we ordered burgers and the track was created that night. We were playing unreleased vault tracks and then we had the idea to make a song which narrates just one car trip, kind of a-day-in-the-life. I had recently put out a sound pack for producers and this dude Carrtoons had purchased it and made this crazy bassline using the pack. We thought it was so fire that we straight away asked if we could flip it for the track. We didn't know each other at the time, but it was just one of those perfect timing things. Rae Khalil and her manager came over the next day, at the time our managers were just having a meeting, so we got in the studio, she jumped on the hook that day and that was that. I low-key love that the song follows the story of one day and the track also got made in one day".
The official video which premiered via ACCLAIM was shot in LA around the Crenshaw / View Park Area "We were living a block away from Crenshaw and Slauson at the time so most of the music video is filmed there". Says MXXWLL, "The lines of palm trees are a pretty iconic view around there, and it felt humbling to be filming in the same area where greats like Nipsey Hussle
and Battlecat came up. The video was directed by Sergey and Danielle
from Seventy Two Films and most of the shots were pre organised but my favourite part was when we basically all just cruised around and every now and again they would stop the car and say they saw a great shot. So we'd pile out and grab it".
The forthcoming album titles Sheeesh which spans 17 tracks is host to a HUGE list of artists including Inglewood singer and producer SiR, the honeyed vocals of Melbourne's Kaiit, platinum-selling artist Aloe Blacc
and Oakland's Guapdad 4000.
"It's no surprise, then, that MXXWLL is hailed as one of the leaders of hip-hop's next generation." - CLASH
'Beats Vol. 1' Is a Masterpiece of a Debut… a seamless blend of influences, from old school G-funk to sly nods to J Dilla, yet it's held together with MXXWLL's ever-playful ear and ever-wandering synthesizer" - HIGH SNOBIETY
"The Sydney producer's G-Funk beats are so impressive they've even caught the attention of Snoop Dogg." - FACT MAG
In 2017 MXXWLL released a 21-track mixtape drenched in inspirations and infatuations of the glory years of West Coast hip-hop titled 'Beats Vol. 1'. The multi-instrumentalist, armed with a near-masterful skill behind the synthesiser and an ability to make your head bounce MXXWLL's talents have found admiration in some of the greatest names in the business, from Snoop Dogg
and DJ Jazzy Jeff to Ty Dolla $ign
and J Cole.
His biggest moment to date, though, came in mid-2019 with 'Purple Emoji' (features production by MXXWLL) a collaboration with the world dominating headliners J. Cole
and TY Dolla $ign. Oozing with 90s R & B flavour and smooth as silk milkshake basslines, within a month 'Purple Emoji' has amassed over 12 million Spotify plays and gained support from Rolling Stone, Billboard, SPIN and Zane Lowe of Beats 1 Radio.
MXXWLL has gone on to support the likes of heavy hitting internationals Snakehips across Australian and warm up the crowd for Grandmaster Flash in San Francisco.