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Get Refreshed: ericdoa’s Guide To The Music Industry, Inside “Insignia’s Manor,” and Resonating With DV-i

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Nick D’Apolito DV-i: “Resonance” With drum and bass still on its gradual journey of increased relevance throughout 2021, the genre has been recently jam-packed with artists both new and old to the approach coming through with some exceptional offerings at a blistering pace. But even though it can be difficult to peer through the mass amount of new content coming out of this style each and every day, it is quite easy to still see the work of a tried and true purveyor of the genre like DV-i shining as bright as it always, always does.  And if for some reason you’ve had trouble identifying such a bright and magnificent star like she is based on her latest output this year, her latest single “Resonance” is practically unable to be ignored once listened to for the first time. I’ll just put it straight; this is without question the best single offering out of the d&b-sphere to release this year, and it even rivals some of DV-i’s most exceptional work beyond just the past few months as well. It’s …

10 Best Songs Of The Year | Billy Bugara

10. Typo – Kuru My insecurities with recency bias are unfortunately forcing me to place this song at the bottom of the list, but if I wasn’t so concerned with that it would certainly be placed much higher. Kuru is a prodigy of modern pop music, and though I could’ve picked any number of his singles throughout 2020 for this list, he has never made anything quite like “Typo,” plain and simple. It had to be placed on this list out of respect among anything else. Kuru was able to spin the usually-brash and detail-lacking stylistics of drill music into an atmospheric pop ballad that showcases one of the single best performances from a solely vocal perspective all year. This hook is genuinely unreal — defying all set conventions in order to craft something that will stick in the memories of this entire year as we look back on it in the future. The instrumental carries that exact same demeanor with it as well, just bursting with atmosphere and thematic weight all the same with its soaring synths and aforementioned drill-centric drums. This is a song that is unforgettable in ways that most other tacks couldn’t even comprehend nor at the …

Shaping the Sound of COA

There is no single album that quite matches the level of influence at a forward-thinking level in the realms of pop music this year than ericdoa’s COA. Being the most prominent instance of this coming paradigm shift for the genre, the all-encompassing impact that this album has as it stands today will ring true for the months and years to come as we enter this brand new era. Of course this status mostly results from the album’s star figure in Eric himself; not a single soul could possibly ignore the masterwork that he put in throughout each and every track without a single miss in sight. His energy was enigmatic; his delivery was entrancing; and his overall musicianship was exuberant and ever-so-perfected as he truly came into his own element as the tried and true pop phenom he was destined to be. But even Eric could only do so much on his end as a singular presence on the mic. The setting that surrounded him – both physically and inside the music as it came to be – played integral roles in crafting what would end up being this impactful and momentous musical experience. Simply put, if Eric was not …

Creature – [Bean Boy]

Amongst a modern music landscape that practically allows for any and all divergent and off-the-cuff sounds to reach the public and become as admired as even the most traditional sounds imaginable, no single label is quite matching the amount of influence that Dog Show Records has in this light whatsoever. The label is serving as the catalyst for this endless and bountiful sense of experimentation and off-kiltered approaches to enter the mainstream day by day, and each and every act who claims the label as their home works to communicate this sentiment in their own respective manners. Each of them has something to offer in making up this status that the entire label holds, but in the case of the ever-prolific Bean Boy, the place that they find themselves in compared to their contemporaries extends so far beyond the surface level demeanor that the label collectively exudes. With an unmatched musical setting at their disposal, and the unprecedented talents to construct that very setting within every single one of their releases, they have carved out an unreplicable niche for themselves that grows in quality with each successive undertaking they come through with. Simply put, no one is furthering the reaches …

I H8 U!!! – [Alice Gas]

One of the most telling facets that modern underground music has in store during its rise to prominence is its incorporation of a seemingly endless amount of sounds, styles, and influences from an equally endless amount of sources. Acts today are taking inspiration from anything and everything they please, and the best of these artists are doing so in a completely nuanced and never-before-seen manner. Bridging the lines between all things past and present, Alice Gas is defining her very own place in this light as an absolute one-of-a-kind talent — one that is seeing her sense of creative optimism strengthening with each and every track she comes through with. Though the eclectic producer and performer alike has already cemented her place as one of the next most essential acts of the future with her past projects and singles alike, she has been progressing forward ever-so-elegantly with her successive string of releases as of late in particular. Her latest cut “I H8 U!!!” is arguably one of, if not her absolute most impressive yet from a variety of different angles. Championing all things happy hardcore and break-centric alike, she practically takes all of her most present influences and combines them …

Resolve – [Kuru] x [Dante Red]

The space that the rising next wave of pop acts hold within their respective music scene at this current moment can practically be called anything other than one-dimensional. Nearly every single act working inside this landscape has a great deal of sounds and styles to bring to the table that detract from what anyone could consider their all-around “signature” sound.    For the best picture of this sentiment being put into motion on repeated occasions, one does not have to look any further than some of the most prominent acts at the forefront of this landscape right now. To say that Kuru is among that select group would be selling him short, as just about every single one of his latest string of singles has sounded quite different from the last — all but diversifying his already extensively dynamic catalog in the process.    Even with that being said however, his latest in this aforementioned string entitled “Resolve”is something of an extreme detraction from what might be known as an atypical Kuru offering. This track is an exhilarating offering that saturates itself in the worlds of breakcore and happy hardcore more than anything else — mostly due in large part …

Angelus: The Next Generation’s Day One Superstar

To say that you’ve “been here since the jump” as an artist within a particular music scene is a common trait among those who’ve already seen whatever community they were a part of reach its highest limits. But to be able to say that in a scene that has decisively not even come close to arriving at its highest peak is quite a different concept with a great deal of weight attached to it.   But that is exactly the title that Angelus – a teenage phenom out of France – can claim to her place within the ever-rising next wave of pop music. Despite being as young as she is, she’s worked to pave the way for this burgeoning community since its earliest signs of starting — dating as far back as 2017. And through a combination of her sheer charisma and likability as a friend and frequent collaborative spirit first, along with her absolutely outstanding presence as both a defining talent of the scene on the mic and behind the boards, it’s extremely easy to see why this is exactly the case.   Since becoming one of the first figures in this now-highly saturated scene, she has developed …

Xadvoi Recruits Swirl, 8485, and Alice Gas For New Track “Moshpit”

Article by Billy Bugara The essence of collaboration has made itself apparent within the current-day underground music landscape more than any other genre in any past period of time — and this fact is made that much clearer when putting emphasis on what has become the next wave of pop acts that are set to hit the mainstream in a matter of time, what with their social media-centric methods and artistic outlooks. Understanding this gives the utmost clarity as to why songs like the recently released “Moshpit” by the supremely dynamic and talented Xadvoi can even exist in the first place. The track features not only Swirl – a fellow member of the “CampVampz” collective – but also two scene mainstays in 8485 and Alice Gas — with Eighty providing a verse and Alice handling the production respectively. Seeing these acts come together from different parts of the scene as a whole with their differing levels of influence may seem off-putting to an outside observer, but it makes just as much sense as any other collaboration within this community would to a person who’s in-the-know. This is such a great thing too, as the fact that their talents are able …

Blackwinterwells: Doing Absolutely Everything, And Then Some

Article by Billy Bugara As both the newest era of SoundCloud-centric music and the next wave of pop that is being brought with it continue to grow in prominence by the day, its most noted artists are beginning to see themselves falling into somewhat distinct roles compared to their contemporaries. From the scene’s leading and most popular acts like osquinn, glaive, and Alice Gas, to the burgeoning collectives waiting to see their immense cast of talent all reach the same level, the genre is not only vast in sheer numbers alone, but in quality and notoriety all the same. Though most of these acts have found the importance of creating and developing one singular name and role for themselves and marketing themselves as such, others have proven that this movement houses far more ways of making your creative outlook known while still finding and securing a distinct role – or multiple roles in this case – within the scene as it stands. And no single artist has put this sentiment in motion more than blackwinterwells — arguably the scene’s most dynamic, passionate, and simply remarkable export thus far. blackwinterwells · IRIS Blackwinterwells is the most prominent alias of a 24-year-old …