Nexcyx - Nexcyx
For a band that centers itself in one of the most frivolous, "here today, gone tomorrow" genres of music, NexCyx truly benefits from exquisite skill in musicianship and songwriting. It is almost sad that despite all of the attention the band puts into melody, genre-blending, and effects-layering, most people who come in contact with NexCyx's music will simply distill its abilities to "Does it have a good beat?" and "How easy is it to dance to?"
Luckily, the responses to said inquiries are unquestionably positive, especially since the lyrical content of many of the songs on the EP involve dancing and nightclubbing. Stylistically, and this is simply scratching the surface, NexCyx hearkens an all-star version of Destiny's Child with Rihanna and Missy Elliot as additional members of the group. There are also moments that recall En Vogue during their spunky-funk era. And on the flipside of the equation, some of the songs bear a learned, Maroon 5 sense of pop composition - blatantly evident in "A Little Bit," which might actually be confused for a Maroon 5 song sung by a female vocalist.
It goes without saying that I am surprised that a band like NexCyx is getting covered on Music Emissions and not benefiting from splash-page reviews in Entertainment Weekly or Rolling Stone, because the band bleeds an infectious sound that will appeal to the "every-ear."
The only critique I see a dancefloor junkie might have with NexCyx is that the songs are actually too well-constructed - with diverse instrumentation, tempo shifts, and genre leaps. Take "On the Floor," for example, which begins with a thick hip-hop groove, but the electric-guitar driven chorus rings of pop-rock with R&B romance.
The choruses are so captivating that, given the proper exposure, NexCyx would be Top 40 bound in no time at all. Though they may employ just about every cliché attributed to the genres they use, NexCyx is making songs that people will want to hear, and before you know it, you, too, will be involuntarily singing along with the songs.
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