12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Los Angeles duo Classixx is an anomaly in the realm of American electronic music where it’s common to drop a dance-floor hit before disappearing into the ether. After the success of their 2009 earworm future-disco jam “I’ll Get You,” Michael David and Tyler Blake hunkered down and recorded their 2013 debut album Hanging Generations. Void of any filler, each one of these 12 songs picks up where “I’ll Get You” left us longing. Underneath some tropical neon electro-pop pulsing from the opening instrumental title track, a euphoric melody thrives, somehow sounding simultaneously brand new and familiar. But it’s the following standout “All You're Waiting For” that reveals David and Blake as top class scholars of Daft Punk University as they weld rigid synth-lines onto a glossy frame of ’80s flavored funk. Over this the flirty voice of Nancy Whang gives the song a period-correct garnish that’s synonymous with Keith Haring painted New York dance clubs and early Madonna 12-inch vinyl remixes. Conversely, “Long Lost” (featuring Active Child) proves that Classixx are just as apt at weaving their melodic magic into sadder songs.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Los Angeles duo Classixx is an anomaly in the realm of American electronic music where it’s common to drop a dance-floor hit before disappearing into the ether. After the success of their 2009 earworm future-disco jam “I’ll Get You,” Michael David and Tyler Blake hunkered down and recorded their 2013 debut album Hanging Generations. Void of any filler, each one of these 12 songs picks up where “I’ll Get You” left us longing. Underneath some tropical neon electro-pop pulsing from the opening instrumental title track, a euphoric melody thrives, somehow sounding simultaneously brand new and familiar. But it’s the following standout “All You're Waiting For” that reveals David and Blake as top class scholars of Daft Punk University as they weld rigid synth-lines onto a glossy frame of ’80s flavored funk. Over this the flirty voice of Nancy Whang gives the song a period-correct garnish that’s synonymous with Keith Haring painted New York dance clubs and early Madonna 12-inch vinyl remixes. Conversely, “Long Lost” (featuring Active Child) proves that Classixx are just as apt at weaving their melodic magic into sadder songs.

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About Classixx

Highly skilled as DJs, Los Angeles indie dance duo Classixx place more of an emphasis on classic pop songwriting, fusing elements of Italian house, disco, funk, new wave, and other styles. Michael David and Tyler Blake formed the production duo in Los Angeles in 2005, initially under the name Young Americans. Friends since childhood, David had previously worked as a session guitarist and Blake had just finished music school when, in their early twenties, they decided to make electronic music together. The pair started playing house parties and remixing artists, focusing on indie rock (including Kill Hannah and Hellogoodbye). The duo changed their name to Classixx in 2008, debuting with a self-titled EP. Soon after, the single "I'll Get You" (featuring Jeppe of Junior Senior) appeared on Kitsuné Music, in addition to remixes of songs by Phoenix, Fischerspooner, Yacht, Holy Ghost!, and numerous others. In 2010, they produced Mayer Hawthorne's "No Strings." Signing to the Mountain Dew-funded Green Label Sound, the single "Into the Valley" was released in 2011. Two years later their debut full-length, Hanging Gardens, appeared on Innovative Leisure. Including "I'll Get You" in addition to songs featuring Active Child and LCD Soundsystem/the Juan MacLean's Nancy Whang, the album was critically acclaimed, and the duo became a popular touring act. Classixx's next album featured a wide range of guest vocalists, including Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, De Luxe, Isles, Harriet Brown, and T-Pain. Faraway Reach was released in June of 2016. ~ Jason Lymangrover & Paul Simpson

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FORMED
    2005

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