SONGS

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 …

i don’t rap! – [Poorstacy]

By Danny Adams // 21 Sep 2020

In my personal opinion, at the rate that Internet Money has been pumping out hits, I don’t believe they could do any wrong even if they tried. Throughout their dexterous roster, there are a number of musicians creating some of the most individualistic music and although almost none of it sounds the same, their common connection is IM. Poorstacy is one of the wildest yet most intriguing members of the collective, and he has been a name I’ve paid attention to ever since first hearing him on label mate Iann Dior’s song “Urself”, and ever since hearing his incredible contribution to the Industry Plant standout track, I haven’t missed a single offering from him. He just never does anything that’s expected of him and doesn’t do things by the book which keeps fans on their toes and has given him the opportunity to show off the incredibly wide range of talents he possesses. Once again, he caught me by surprise by releasing two new tracks in the form of a miniature EP of some sort entitled i don’t rap!, and he even specifies that it’s a leak in the title, even though they were uploaded to his official SoundCloud account. …

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 …

Hooligan/Sons & Critics Freestyle – [Baby Keem]

By Danny Adams // 21 Sep 2020

When the XXL Freshman list came out not too long ago, the inclusion of Baby Keem was a bit of a shock to me, in all honesty. Not because he doesn’t deserve it or he’s not talented enough whatsoever, considering he’s possibly my favorite artists out at the moment, but because he has been a very peculiarly elusive figure rising up in the Rap industry. Die For My Bitch was a top-five favorite project for me last year, and while he has remained somewhat silent since then, I knew he was gearing up for something huge. In order to bring his hiatus to a close, Keem dropped off two brand-new songs entitled “Hooligan” and “Sons & Critics Freestyle”, as well as a music video to accompany the former. Starting with the freestyle, a grimy, mysterious-sounding drumline plays out as woodblock, and tiptoeing piano keys provide some depth to the instrumental, bringing a somewhat minimally sinister beat to life. As he makes his way throughout this freestyle, he toys with the beat and bounces his words effortlessly as if he’s not even trying, but these skills just come naturally to him. His attitude is apparent but not overpowering, and there is …

Tell Me-[Hannah Gross]

By Sam Morrison // 18 Sep 2020

Hannah Gross is just the latest industry gem who I’ve had the pleasure of stumbling upon this week; And when I used the word gem, it is meant to describe the undeniable spark or light that one has surrounding them and just based off of my few interactions with the singer/songwriter, it is more than evident that she has a special spirit about her that is contagious. Before her latest song made it onto my radar, I wasn’t familiar with the Michigan native, but after checking out her music, there is so much excitement in my heart for her career. The now LA residing artist has been making music for some time now, but according to her, she’s only released three songs on streaming platforms. Her newest one called, “Tell Me” is the offering that caught my attention as there is a gentleness yet immense depth that permeates through the seams of it. When you listen to Hannah’s voice, theres no doubt that she can sing, but what I love most about her is the way she expresses her emotions in a way that allows listeners to connect with every single thing that she’s saying. I got a chance to …

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 …

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 …

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