Part 1 of a 3 piece mixtape series, this group (band, collective, whatever you wish to call it) features one of my coworkers, and I’ve been preparing for this mixtape for quite some time. They’re music has a type of feel that I could compare to ‘the xx’ (check them out if you haven’t before), but of course it’s not exactly on that level, but it’s not terrible either. The title, XOXO, doesn’t have any ties to The Weeknd’s ‘XO’ crew (although there is a reference in the 2nd song ‘Fu**in the Crew’), but their content deals with an emotional strain of a guy (or guys) dealing with their personal battles. Most of the instrumentals on the mixtape make you feel like you’re in some type of fantasy ‘high’ feeling, but it’s really cool. It’s a different vibe and something that you don’t hear much from local artists, so this is definitely one to listen to, if you’re looking to branch off into different genres.