When: Sat., March 12, 9 p.m. 2016
XXYYXX While ambient production dominates the new wave of R&B and rap, producer XXYYXX pioneered the current style of atmospheric, trip-hop-oriented beats when he was a teenager making electronic instrumentals in his Orlando, Florida, bedroom. Now based in LA, the nineteen-year-old has risen to considerable acclaim in recent years. He produced rising singer SZA’s “Child’s Play” on her debut album, Z — arguably one of the Rihanna collaborator’s best singles — and his recent remix of Tinashe’s “Let Me Love You” is currently making the rounds on SoundCloud. But narco’d-out instrumentals are where he truly shines. Take “About You” from his self-titled 2012 album: underwater synths, bass notes that fall like droplets, and warbled vocal samples create a fascinating mélange of malleable sounds over rigid trap high hats. Catch XXYYXX at The Independent on Saturday, March 12.