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Get Refreshed: The Unreal World of zootzie, The Real World of glaive, and raegun Responds With Ease

“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 Preface: In Memory of Lucas Foster This column is not the place for mourning, but it certainly is the place for memorializing. So much has been said about the impact of Lucas Foster – a beyond-exceptional writer who suddenly passed away this weekend – by so many others far closer to him; as a longtime admirer of his work, craft, and overall presence in the grander music blogging space, however, I feel as though I have a necessity to extend my greatest gratitude for what he was able to do during his short, yet remarkably resounding life as an equal-parts human being and master of their craft.  Be it subconsciously or direct as can be, reading the work of Lucas whenever I could inspired many of the undertakings I went through in my much more active blogging days. He was the ever-true root that others, and even he himself, grew out of as this online blogging landscape blossomed more and more over time. By extension of this notion, it would be difficult to dispute that anyone …

Get Refreshed: The Story of Cartz

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Alejo Andres Remembering To Forget With Cat Mother Any creative eager to move towards new beginnings in their artistic career might focus on the idea of the “future” more than anything else. Most creatives would more than likely share this belief in full; planning out how things might turn out in going through with an artistic transition is much better than going in blind, obviously.  But what’s even more obvious is this: Quinn – the 16-year-old phenom of the online music world – has never, and will never, be classified under the title of “most creatives.” Simply put, we’re dealing with a talent who stands completely amongst themselves in regards to their place in the modern music landscape as a whole, and nothing better exemplifies that than their brand new artistic endeavor under the pseudonym “Cat Mother.”  This fresh title has arrived with an equally-fresh outlook in regards to their craft. The immense, impactful, and influential waves that they have already created with their past pop-centric work has been effectively concealed and placed out of sight by way …

Psycho – [Blxty] x [Mental] x [Orchid]

Pure chemistry seems to always stand out in such an effective manner when it comes to music in this light. Collaborative art is always benefited by like-minded creators at the helm of a given offering, and this fact rings especially true when these particular artists already find themselves in a community that is all-but-centered around collaboration in its entirety.  That is a position in which the trio of Blxty, Mental, and Orchid find themselves in at this very moment. All three of them are rising up the ranks within the modern online music landscape, and each of their individual talents seem to compliment each other far more than the average three people from this very scene at all.  Though past offerings have proven their heightened sense of chemistry in a variety of combinations, all three have come together for arguably their best work together yet with the recently released “Psycho” — a track that not only fulfills the promise of flaunting their chemistry together in itself, but also showcases what each of these incredible acts do so well as individual talents.  The three are given an outstanding setting to accomplish these things within in the form of a masterful instrumental …

Aura – [Blxty]

One of the most impressive aspects that the next wave of pop music comes to flaunt in a number of its equally impressive artists is the act of turning ethereal and atmospheric stylistics into digestible, appealing offerings with their respective pop sensibilities. This fact is being showcased by acts who take that sense of atmosphere from an instrumental basis – what with its reverberated and ambient tones – and apply their vocals directly atop it while still keeping a sense of rhythm, and an infectious one at that.  Among the absolute best individuals who have come to master this unique and nuanced approach is Blxty — as the Helix Tears and NoHeart progenitor has effectively delivered track after track that sounds just as spacious as it does down to earth and comprehensive as pop songs in their own right.  For a brief, yet completely ideal peer into how exactly they come to deliver with this method, look no further than their latest release entitled “Aura.”  They present their unmatched style over a beat that suits them incredibly well; both Odel and Elias crafted a completely fitting ballad here with its controlled, yet soaring and glistening demeanor acting as a perfect …

Stone Ocean – [Blackwinterwells]

In any rising music scene – regardless of its perceived level of meaning and/or significance – the act of properly noting landmark moments is an absolute necessity in both evaluating how that very scene has progressed to the point where it has today, and also predicting where it might go from here.  These moments are certainly seldom for any musical movement in this light, there is simply no doubting that — but when a scene finds themselves transfixed with the approach of saturating the market with single after single from a seemingly endless amount of emerging acts, these all-too-momentous events become slightly easier to pick out, but are that much more exlusive in the process.  That is exactly where Blackwinterwells had found herself within this incredibly prolific next era of pop music in the recent past. She has essentially been the world that this scene has revolved around since its earliest signs of resurgence, what with her all-encompassing and blatantly consistent production work across the landscape as it stood, so it’s only fitting that she’d be the one to come through with an equally encompassing full-length project of her own to serve as one of those landmark events in its …

Kmoe: A Catalyst in Every Sense

Progression, collaboration, and passion; these are three terms that most prominently encompass what is shaping up to be the next wave of pop music heading into the future. It is a movement that is set to live and die by these concepts, and the most talented acts at the forefront of it have not only proven their status by simply making incredible music in this light, but also by being forces of their own in stressing and accentuating what those terms truly mean. Though this movement is wide-ranging and all-encompassing, few acts can truly call themselves a certified “matchmaker,” or even just someone who’s brought people together in a way that creates nothing short of substantial change within this community as it has come to be. One would certainly be remiss to leave a figure like Kmoe out of that discussion, because the influence that he has had over this very scene combined with his sheer musicality alone proves nothing else other than the fact that he’s not only able to hold this status, but also be one of the most provocative and prolific ones to lay claim to it in the first place. The Canadian prodigy out of Vancouver, …

Tell Me – [Helix Tears]

As if this fact could ever be lost within the rising cast of talent that make up the next era of pop music, the essence of collaboration as it currently stands between them is alive, well, and thriving at arguably its highest level yet in regards to their musicianship. And though this is certainly the case among these figures on a singular level, it makes it that much more clear when they join their various collectives up for a resounding cypher on occasion.    Though these moments were all-too-rare at one point, they have seen their frequency rise as each and every collective begins to find their footing in the scene. And no collective has their footing as stable and as secured among them than Blackwinterwells’s very own Helix Tears — who has just rounded up acts from the likes of Gooncity, NoHeart, Novagang, and plenty more for their newest lengthy cut entitled “Tell Me.”   15 different artists align this absolute mammoth of a feature list, and they are all held in ideal symmetry and with perfect care by the outstanding work on production from two of the most in-demand producers in the scene itself: Delto and Angelus. The …

Among Us – [Noki]

Arguably the biggest catalyst that continues to drive the rising underground pop scene towards the mainstream is the strikingly apparent sense of community and collaboration that each act within the scene itself shares. Though this concept is carried out on a single artist-to-artist basis, it is better – and exceptionally at that – displayed through the countless amounts of collectives that exist within the community — practically uniting these artists even more than they would’ve been on their own in the process.    That sentiment is exactly what prominent scene figure Noki wanted to illustrate on their latest track “Among Us” — a 7-minute cypher that unites artists from a variety of collectives onto what can only be described as an absolute mammoth of a single.    Though Noki is simply a tried and true member of one of the present collectives Helix Tears, they were also able to compile the likes of Bloodhounds, Novagang, SlowSilver03, NoHeart, and Gooncity to fully complete both this immense song itself and that aforementioned illustrating of the scene and its emphasis on collaboration.    With the amount of talent on this track from the outset, there is simply no way for it to become …