Moncton hip-hop artist Michael J. Foxx and singer-songwriter Sydney Sexton make it clear two is the magic number with their debut album Duality.
While the disc serves as the pair’s first joint full-length, they spent the majority of 2020 together, writing, recording and releasing music in their home studio. Composed of 10 original hip-hop/ R&B tracks, Duality comes on the heels of past singles like So High, Just Give it a Moment and Winners, among other tracks that range from sultry to upbeat.
As well as a hip-hop artist, Michael is also an audio engineer and music producer. In the past 12 months, he has released five mixtapes, multiple singles and the solo album When The Street Lights Come On. As an artist, he has a broad range of sound and technique inspired by all genres of music from hip-hop to rock. He says his music is rooted in the ups and downs of life. “I came up from nothing, now I’m ’bout something,” he adds. Though the audio engineering graduate was born and raised in New York City’s Harlem, he now calls New Brunswick home.
While she’s spent the last few years performing and writing music, it was only in 2020 that Sydney first made her way onto the music scene, releasing a number of originals online. Since then, she’s been collaborating with Michael. Though Sydney’s music is easily distinguishable because of her sweet voice and sultry sound, her range is wide, as she’s recorded songs which transcend the genres which have influenced her. From R&B to pop and hip-hop to contemporary, she’s covered a lot of ground in the last year.
Of Duality, Michael says “I was thinking along the lines of yin and yang, which inspired the black and white cover art. When we were coming up with the name for the album. We decided on Duality… It just seemed to fit.”
Sydney says: “We wanted to display both of our unique styles. Mine is more feminine and airy (R&B/pop influenced) while Michaels is more masculine and commanding (hip-hop influenced) — but our sounds just work so well together, so we wanted to ensure we maintained the cohesiveness of the collaboration.”