Marshmello‘s positive energy and love everything aesthetic has yielded the producer one of the steepest ascensions to fame in the industry. On top of his own accomplishments, Marshmello has largely aided in EDM’s marriage to pop culture at large with genre-hopping collaborations that feature some of the world’s top pop stars matched with impeccable brand exposure on a global scale.
Today the producer possesses an impressive catalog of original works that follow his 2016 debut album Joytime. He’s made tracks with some of the biggest stars in the world, including Selena Gomez, Khalid, and Migos, to name just a few, and yielded an increasingly inescapable production apparatus along the way. Now, following the critical reception of his debut album, over two billion collective streams, and a slew of No. 1’s to write home about, Marshemello has finally delivered his debut album’s follow up — Joytime II. Contempt from electronic purists aside, Mello has undeniably reached a level of success and cultural ubiquity that is unmatched by many of today’s most venerated DJs and producers.
Marshmello’s success has also maintained his own preferences — saccharine vocals, melodic beats, pop punk — and his EDM production paradigm, too.
Save for the vocals on “Rooftops” and “Paralyzed,” Joytime II is a featureless album. In just ten tracks, he harkens back to the days spent behind a computer screen, where it all began, though on the new LP, Listeners get a much more detailed look at the “FRIENDS” producer is fully capable of. Joytime II leans heavily on the theme of Mello’s growth, but more importantly relies on his joy and passion for the craft which began long before he was a masked producer playing the biggest stages in the world.