Neil Kumar

Australian duo CVIRO and GXNXVS have gotten a head start on the weekend with the release Wednesday of their new EP, titled Come On In.

The longtime collaborators and Variance favorites are kicking off an exciting new chapter with this new release, which marks the pair's debut on Red Bull Records. They recently sat down with us to chat about the new music and what it means to be at this stage of their career.

"Our last project came out at the end of 2020, and we've just been working on so much new music," says CVIRO, chatting with Variance over Zoom ahead of the EP's release. "So yeah, we've just been gassed up just to get new music out. We wrote a bunch of songs for this project. I think it ended up being like 40 or 50 songs, which we had to trim down, of course."

For both CVIRO and GXNXVS, this new project is the beginning of something new but it's also a benchmark, as the two have worked together for years. In fact, they caught our attention back in 2014 with their standout "Benjamins," followed the next year by "Sober" and then "Problem" the following year. 

Eight years later, the duo is more in sync than ever.

"I don't think we're done," says GXNXVS. "All the conversations about the greats. We want our names in those conversations."

Adds CVIRO: "I think with this project will make a big statement and I also think, we'll continue that conversation with the album, which is next."

The duo sees the newly released, seven-song EP as an appetizer, and the perfect way to close out the year, as they prep for another big year ahead.

"We don't have a real timeline [for a release]," says GXNXVS of the full-length album, which is definitely front-of-mind for the pair. "We're just getting started on it, and then we'll see what happens. Hopefully we'll get it done soon and then hopefully next year you will get to hear it."

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As for their bucket list, the duo definitely has a lofty number of dream collaborations, some of which likely wouldn't come as a surprise for fans who are familiar with the pair's old school R&B influences. 

"I'd love to work with the OGs," says CVIRO. "Jagged Edge, Ginuwine, Faith Evans. I would love a whole album stacked like that. Of course, there are also so many great R&B acts right now. I think Brent [Faiyaz] would be amazing. SiR. Ari Lennox. There's heaps of good acts. It would be an honor."