Oozing from the grimy underbelly of South London’s secret party scene, 13XL have distanced themselves from the status quo through their moody blend of emo-trap and punk-tinged guitar music.
Having previously produced a small collection of underground hits including the tranquillising ‘Frosty Tips’, which made it into our 50 Best Tracks of 2019 list, the cloak-and-dagger duo of Scott Bowley and Xena Hussain have now dropped their debut EP ‘Q_Q’.
Extracting the spirit of sad boi indie and melancholic trap-soul, the new six-track project released via MOVES is an essential compound of ice-cold melodies and cut-throat synths, providing an accomplished body of work that balances gloomy turn-up trap anthems and pacifying auto-tune ballads to a T.
An ideal soundtrack for the cold winter months, the duo secured a cameo from rising scene rapper Virgil Hawkins on ‘Forever’. Known for shutting down sets such as his 2018 Boiler Room, the lyricist’s infectious bars resonate through a series of crunching filters, adding a new dimension to the group’s multi-faceted sound.
One of the standout tracks on the project ‘Show You The World and Show You How It Spins’ offers a narcotic glimpse into why the pair have amassed a cult following, with the accompanying video showing a small glance into their coveted underground basement shows.
Stream ‘Q_Q’ now: