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Billy Bugara

30 posts by

Billy Bugara

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Oxford Street – [Kid Trash]

By Billy Bugara // 21 Sep 2020

There are seldom artists who have molded and illustrated the sounds and styles that define the future of pop music as much as Kid Trash has over the past few years. The deconstructed yet energetic and bouncy approach to this hip-hop and pop hybrid that is so prevalent within the underground music scene today is due in large part to the influence that they have come to claim with so many of their past releases.   Still moving forward and pushing the scene as far as they possibly can with each successive drop, they have again struck gold with possibly their most tried and true pop track to this day with their newest release “Oxford Street.”    The song goes to show how versatile Kid Trash can be with their approach to any and all musical styles, let alone ones found within the growing scene they helped to establish. This is an upbeat, joyous, and simply exciting track that flaunts its sheer appeal and energy in an all-too-gripping manner.    The instrumental given does all it needs to in its own right by displaying these themes upfront — what with its glistening synth leads, driving pace and structure, and its …

By Your Side – [Midwxst]

By Billy Bugara // 21 Sep 2020

One of the numerous key factors going into how contemporary pop music is shaping up to look like in the coming years is the essence of unbridled and transparent emotion seeping its way into the themes of each song released under this tag. More and more are rising pop acts letting what can only be described as their truest self spill everything out on the tracks that they lay down — which in turn creates a nuanced trend that spells out a new type of popstar for the coming years based on this fact alone. Among these acts is the ever-prominent Midwxst, who has made a consistent living off of integrating his experiences with reality on an emotional level into his music from both a subdued standpoint and an upfront one as well. His latest offering falls under the former category — as he’s joined by both 8485 and Blackwinterwells on a soft and tranquil single entitled “By Your Side.” This track not only stands to prove how this new mold of pop stardom applies to Midwxst himself, but it also goes to show how both Wells and Eighty both take this concept and run with it with nothing but …

Lv99 – [Kuru]

By Billy Bugara // 21 Sep 2020

Taking an equally wide-ranging yet adaptive approach to one’s musical status as an artist is something that certainly pays off in the long run when it comes to examining the history of pop music’s most celebrated artists. And within the rising next wave of pop music itself, this mantra has consistently rung true for a number of its forerunning acts.  To say that Kuru has manifested this exact description throughout his still-young career would be selling him short by a long shot, as his status as both a defining voice in his own right and one that can move from style to style with such sincere ease has been all-too-obvious since he began gaining prominence this year.  His newest track with Blackwinterwells entitled “Lv99” proves this fact in full based on a variety of aspects — as it adds just another stylistic divergence into his ever-growing catalog.  This is an exhilarating rush of an offering that stands alone in Kuru’s discography as wholly unique. Though this energetic presence is not anything new for him – even despite his signature laid back and solemn vocal styles – this track takes a new approach by simply never letting up throughout its entire …

Revenge – [Angelus]

By Billy Bugara // 18 Sep 2020

There are certain moments in artists’ careers that stand the test of time and truly make themselves known as “breakout performances” — moments that stem from months, years, and even decades of effort being poured into the development of each and every one of their artistic facets. These songs end up being resounding, defining, and absolutely era-defining in their own right.    The magnitude held by these tracks are usually few and far between in their frequency — but it seems as though the rising next era of pop music has just showcased the latest example of this notion being laid down. There is no doubt that scene mainstay Angelus has convincingly broken out in every way, shape, and fashion with her newest single “Revenge.”   Each and every factor that this song has in store is forcefully commanding in their own right, all combining to create this unmatched and absolutely momentous tone altogether. This is seen in a variety of manners, but their correspondence makes for one of the most emphatic releases of the entire year.   The instrumental does a great deal of the work in making this entire occasion feel as such — with FromTheHeart’s very own …

It’s Complicated – [Boysnightsout]

By Billy Bugara // 18 Sep 2020

The gradual rise of atmospheric, luscious, and ethereal aspects seeping their way into the grander hip-hop landscape has been something of a noted trend throughout the past few years in the genre’s history. With these aspects beginning to play a larger and larger role in the public’s awareness and/or enjoyment of the genre, it’s popularity has resulted in the barries between the aforementioned genre and its ties between r&b and pop slowly and surely merging into something completely nuanced in its own right.    This type of music has essentially no rules or motives to it; no barriers based on region or even influence at that. It’s free-forming and almost undefinable, but that is exactly what purveyors of this genre would like it to be categorized as. And with that being said, no one has been more so at the forefront of this movement in regards to the underground than the Boysnightsout (BNO) collective for the past few years.   This cast of talent, primarily based in Sweden, has utilized infused the concepts of subdued, emotionally-charged thematics into the realms of pure contemporary hip-hop to create these awe-inspiring songs that almost take the listener to a whole different world — …

Cremation – [Wubz]

By Billy Bugara // 18 Sep 2020

Just because a particular voice stands out amongst a scene full of definitive trends and styles does not mean that it gets a free ride to the top based on its singular status. The opposite is quite often the case believe it or not, especially in regards to pop music.    Acts that carry this mantle are more than likely always faced with an uphill battle to make their presence known among their scene, and that fact is without question a front and center case with one pop music’s most unique, diverse, and artfully against-the-grain acts in Wubz.    But Wubz has faced this battle with pure bliss, as based on his latest string of singles – culminating in his most recent offering in “Cremation” with Blackwinterwells – they have worked to fine-tune and simply define their all-too-divergent sound through gradual evolution.    “Cremation” might just be the song that settles it all for Wubz and sets their place in this scene in stone, as every single one of its facets work to elevate this masterful artistic status that they have developed for themselves in the process.    The instrumental is based around a pure and simple guitar riff that …

4am: A Prodigy Waiting To Take Off

By Billy Bugara // 17 Sep 2020

A consistent trend throughout almost the entirety of music history it seems is the fact that the people behind the boards fail to get the recognition they so clearly deserve from the grander masses, at least compared to the musicians they produce for. The amount of passion, fortitude, and sheer dedication to their craft is something that often goes unnoticed for quite the large majority of producers as it stands — even the biggest and most prolific of them see this issue affecting them for years on end.   To say that 4am – an artist/producer out of Arizona – has laid claim to this exact sentiment throughout essentially his entire career is a complete and utter understatement; this absolute gem of a superstar has been essentially carrying a great deal of the upcoming next era of pop music on his back as far as production is concerned. Though figures like Blackwinterwells, Glasear, and Dolly among many others see their frequent ventures into production acclaimed and allotted for both its quality and/or quantity, 4am has not been categorized with them as much as he really should be in the process.   Through that aforementioned spirit shining through in his remarkable …

White Boy Wednesday – [Cody Luv]

By Billy Bugara // 17 Sep 2020

Not a single act has burst onto this rising underground music scene with as much confidence, passion, and pure talent to back those things up quite as much as Cody Luv has. There is this certain, almost intangible feature about Cody that puts him in a realm that only a select few can call their own — something about the way his music comes off just exudes pure determination and artistic poise, it’s truly remarkable when taking it all in.   He’s proven this fact to be nothing but the case yet again with his newest offering “White Boy Wednesday” alongside frequent collaborator and hit-making producer Starboyrob. The two have come to display an unmatched chemistry when working with each other time and time again, and this track is no different whatsoever.    Taking things back a notch after the exhilarating “gtfob,” Cody ever-so-elegantly glides over this far more relaxed, yet still shining instrumental by utilizing his signature vocal talents to give the song a touch only he is able to provide.    Taking things one step further in the process, his wordplay is at its highest peak yet based off of the verses provided alone. These are some of …

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