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Detroit singer/songwriter Quinn XCII is closing out 2016 as a breakout year for the newcomer. With his ability to seamlessly blur the lines between electronic pop, hip-hop, and soul music, he has quickly paved his own lane with his unique sound.
An early mixtape release turned heads, but it was his debut EP 'Change of Scenery,' released in 2015, that put Quinn XCII on the map, connecting with the blogosphere and snaring millions of online streams. His next single "Stung" went to #1 on Hype Machine, and a follow-up EP release, 'Bloom,' cemented his ability to meld styles and write about more varied subject matter. Next it was his featured vocals on "Kings of Summer," a collaboration with longtime friend and producer ayokay (with whom he also exclusively worked with on his first two EPs), that started to bring him to the mainstream. The song became the sleeper summer hit of 2016, reaching #1 on Spotify's Global Viral Charts, #1 on HypeMachine, accumulating over 40 million plays on Spotify, and getting regular spins at Top 40 radio around the country.
Quinn XCII's breakthrough Spring and Fall tours have garnered the singer/songwriter raves for his versatile performing style. With over 70 shows across the country under his belt in 2016, including Billboard's Hot 100 Festival in Long Island NY, he has become known by fans for his live show. His energy and personality translate naturally during his performance, making even the festival-sized crowds feel like intimate shows.
With his new single "Straightjacket" running high, other producer/artist collaborations in the pipeline (he's been involved in writing sessions for a host of other artists, recently), and a debut album on the horizon for 2017, Quinn XCII's rising star seems poised to elevate.
All Becomes Okay is the debut EP from shallou aka Joe Boston. Boston grew up in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. He attended college in New Orleans, and then moved to Chicago, where he began making electronic music in his bedroom.
shallou has come a long way from the bedroom. "Begin," the first single from All Becomes Okay, recently hit #1 on Sirius XM Chill. He has over 23 million total streams already on Spotify, including over 12 million on "Doubt (Summer Edit)." An excellent live performer, shallou has honed his craft across North America, touring with Petit Biscuit, Roosevelt, El Ten Eleven, and more. All of this has shallou primed to break out, and All Becomes Okay is his first major move towards the mainstream.
An electronic album with an indie heart, All Becomes Okay is a stunning debut for shallou, a full artistic statement in five songs. Boston describes his music as "happy/sad," and though that might sound like an oxymoron, it functions as a perfect descriptor for shallou's brand of music, a dark and beautiful mix of ambient textures and dance rhythms.
Forgoing the easy crowd-pleasing ecstasies of typical electronic music, shallou aims for the mind as well as the heart. The EP is structured to be listened straight through as one complete piece of music, but the singles can stand easily on their own. All Becomes Okay is music made for headphones just as much as it is for the live show.
The title comes from living in a fearful world. "Working on this music alone, I'd get all in my head," says Boston. "Watching the news with everything going on in the world, I developed all of these weird fears. 'All Becomes Okay' was kind of a mantra I wanted to repeat to myself and tell other people. It's not a passive thing, but an active hope."
That's what "happy/sad" music means. It's music that you can dance to, or you can listen to it alone in your bedroom. The music comes to you and meets you wherever you are. It's a gift, a sliver of hope in a dark night, a moment of solace for all the thinkers and dreamers of the world.