Newest Slushii and Marshmello collaboration explores emo side of EDM

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Frequent collaborators Marshmello and Slushii are the cutting edge of dolin out poppy, buoyant dance music to the masses. Their Pulitzer Prize-winning first collaboration, “Twinbow,” was received as a charming ballad which left both fans and critics yearning for more.

Now the two confectionary producers teamed up once again, but this time in the attempt to bring in a completely new canon to their candy-pop style of EDM. That’s right, “There X2” ventures into the realm of punk-rock with its emo-affected vocals meldedonto the pair’s party bass elements. Bright arpeggios, toy box synths, and reverb bass mark the track, bringing a hopeful appeal to a genre that is typically known for fast-paced, hard-edged melodies and stripped-down instrumentation.

Given Marshmello’s last single, “You & Me,” where the producer debuted his own singing, perhaps this new merging of sounds shouldn’t have been unexpected.