Cali’s XL Middleton drops new modern-funk track, “Psychic”
California musician XL Middleton’s single “Keep It Funkin'” established him as one to watch on the modern-funk scene. Now he’s dropping his debut longplayer, Tap Water, on October 30 from MoFunk Records, replete with his blend of ’90s G-funk and ’80s boogie.
Check the exclusive premiere of “Psychic,” above.
You can pre-order Tap Water here.
Read more about XL Middleton:
XL Middleton is a musician from California whose format falls into the funk-laden style the region has traditionally been known for. The Pasadena-based artist/producer has been hard at work for years crafting melodic, chord-heavy tunes and which have earned him accolades on major websites such as Uproxx, Dubcnn, and HipHopDX, where his collaborations with Sly Boogy and Eminem signee Crooked I made the rounds. XL toured Japan in 2006, playing to packed houses in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Gunma. He caters to fans of the funked-out West Coast sound – a fanbase which, although not the norm in mainstream music, has been finding its way back to notoriety, with artists like XL at the cusp of what is now known as the modern funk movement.
XL has released volumes of work, the sound of which embodies the party feel, bringing music back to where it was before it found its way into upscale clubs, while at the same time mixing it with a futuristic brand of funk inspired by legends such as George Clinton, Roger Troutman, & Morris Day. He evolved from his beginnings as a hip hop artist to a full-fledged modern funk musician, educated by the music he once sampled in the course of creating rap beats. At an XL show, you might find him singing notes through a vocoder, rapping, or shredding solos on a keytar. A Google search will quickly reveal the underground following that Middleton has already amassed through word-of-mouth and internet buzz. Already, his titles have been picked up and licensed by labels overseas in Japan and Europe. He has also released music through noteworthy labels such as Bastard Jazz, Omega Supreme, and Voltaire, effectively bridging the gap between fans of modern funk/80’s boogie and 90’s g-funk, all of which has been tremendously influential to the XL Middleton sound.
Through guest appearance or production, XL has collaborated with notable artists including Crooked I, Sly Boogy, Kokane, Fingazz, Cashis (former Shady Records artist), Jon B., Ralph Tresvant, Down (of “Lean Like A Cholo” fame), Suga Free, Shade Sheist, Bad Azz, Mistah FAB, and many others.
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