Mavi Phoenix is a child of the nineties, as demonstrated again on the lead single from his debut album »Boys Toys,« released in April. »Fck It Up« was a more than obvious riff on MTV’s glory days, boy-band aesthetics and baggy clothes. But the Vienna resident’s roots go further than that. By the time Marlon Nader started his career as a young teen tinkering on a laptop, the nineties were already over. Kanye West, M.I.A., Lady Gaga and Drake were his main inspirations, still apparent now, over a decade later, in his hip-hop arrangements, pop choruses and daring musical experiments. His productions lay the framework for airtight flows and haunting hooks, finding the perfect balance between adventurous beat-making and proven pop mechanisms. It’s not totally nineties but actually very twenties – perhaps even ahead of its time.