Xellfromhell of the collective 6ixtyworld, with fellow member Latobby, shows off his musical prowess with this catchy single released only ten days after his last full-length.
Xellfromhell has had an incredibly prolific year, dropping singles and projects alike and collaborating with a wide array of his peers, particularly his fellow 6ixtyworld crew. From more aggressive songs like the sixtythree-produced ‘Cerberus’ to the more relaxed ‘Outta Mind’, Xell’s talents have been on full display in 2022 as the 6ixtyworld collective pushes forward with their wide array of releases and consistent collaboration among their roster.
‘Come Over’, Xell’s newest release (as ‘mr. man’) with fellow 6ixtyworld artist Latobby (as ‘mr. pretty please’), explores more of Xell’s melodic capabilities over an eccentric trap beat; vibrato-laden keys and modulated synths dance in perfect unison with the percussion, a section where not only the sequencing but the sound design accentuate the melodies and provide a unique bounce throughout the song. The track itself comes only ten days after the arrival of Xellfromhell’s ‘Ether’ EP, his second project of the year. Layered vocal harmonies (courtesy of Xell), effect-heavy key work, sparse synths, and an increasingly-complex drum pattern immediately greet the listener upon playback–a bold introduction, but an effective one.
The reverb-heavy harmonies take a backseat as the song transitions to its hook, an eight-bar section comprised of the sole lyric ‘come over here’, each repetition delivered with variations in cadence that preserve the infectious nature of the melody. A catchy 808 pattern accompanies the hook, continuing into the verse section, filling out the low-end of the song and further contributing to the aforementioned bounce. Xell’s crooning transitions sharply into a brief verse, the pace of his flow increasing with the instrumental as hi-hat rolls and plucked bells develop new melody and rhythm before again quickly falling back into the cloudier, more melodic hook. As sharply as these two transitions happen, neither one is jarring nor feels unnatural to the ear. This is both in part to the stellar production, but also the elevated vocal performance from Xell on this particular track, helped in part by the intricate vocal processing that played a part in the ambiance and general atmosphere of ‘Come Over’.
After the second repetition of the hook, Latobby inherits the main vocal section, delivering a similarly effect-laden melodic verse. It fits like a glove in the song; while carrying similar effects and harmonization to Xell’s hook/verse, Latobby is more subdued in his delivery, with a gentler croon and relaxed flow. Each of his words hang in the mix, walls of delay and reverb following each syllable contributing to the ambiance of the track. Latobby’s verse is brief, not unlike Xell’s, but is a necessary transition and contrast to Xell’s vocal performance and fits just as well on the instrumental.
This 6ixtyworld collaboration proves once more the talent and work ethic behind the collective, Latobby and Xellfromhell both offering amazing performances with a gorgeous instrumental accentuating each. Xellfromhell’s output has been outstanding, along with the rest of 6ixtyworld. Consistency in quality and quantity alike with a variety of skills makes a complete artist, and Xellfromhell is that.