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Get Refreshed: The Ivvy Effect, and Funeral’s Suburb SUPERPLASTIC

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by IllustratorFile Full Playlist (2021) Funeral: SUPERPLASTIC Calm, cool, collected, and chaotic. One of these things may not be like the other, but they’re all equally valid descriptors of one Funeral — one of digicore’s longest standing figures throughout the scene’s entire lifespan. Cycling through a cavalcade of sounds and styles while simultaneously fine-tuning their overall artistic presence over the past 2-plus years, the 21-year-old talent has been able to balance those descriptors with perhaps the most nuanced take on hip-hop and pop his scene has yet to feature.  Standout singles like “crash tonight” and “talktome” capped off a resounding 2020 for his career and the scene he sits so sternly on top of; it was a year that set up an even greater one to follow, and now that we’ve arrived at that point, this promised “greatness” has manifested itself in the form of sheer ambition.  With that being said, enter Funeral’s most ambitious release to date: a defining debut full-length album in SUPERPLASTIC. Spanning x tracks held within a brief, yet entirely realized xx minute runtime, this …

Get Refreshed: Making Sense of Guilty Gear, Defining HYPERTRANCE, and an Ode to Neo-Y2K Design

“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 Outback + optic core: “dreamcosm” Oh to be as talented as either of these two forces of dance production… it’s a dream that I certainly have without question, but that really doesn’t matter for someone in my position. I can’t even imagine how other full-time dance-based producers must feel when listening to the continued near-flawless work put out by both BetterTogether’s Outback and Eldia’s optic core — it must be hard knowing that the absolute most has to be done in order to top what these two are capable of on their own and in so many different manners at that. Given what’s been said of their respective solo work, the prospect of their combined talents coming together as one would make any fan and/or contemporary alike ecstatic to no end. And with the release of “dreamcosm” – the first single off of the duo’s forthcoming collaborative EP set to drop less than a month from now – consider that idea of a “prospect” to be dead and buried. Instead, pay witness to the expected greatness …

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 …

Get Refreshed: Roxas Hits A Hat Trick, The Unstoppable d1v, and Sam Thraxx’s Definitive Guide To Making It In The Music Industry

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Brixton Yorker dark0: “shining star” I am not quite sure who would’ve ever had the following belief, but for anyone who thought London-based club producer dark0 had anything less to prove up to this point in his career, they would be coming from a place of sheer ignorance, plain and simple. The outstanding outpouring of content from this digitally-incentivized production force has been nothing short of brilliant in all regards, and the mass amount of times this notion has been proven as such should be enough to cement their status as among the greatest modern figures within his craft.  And yet, he’s nowhere close to being finished — not in the slightest. Exemplified by the Year0001-hosted single entitled “shining star,” the first off of their long-awaited debut album experience Eternity, his potential has yet to be fully revealed, which is truly saying something for us outside onlookers who have considered his past work in a near-perfect light.  But with this track being paired with the corresponding reveal of the forthcoming album’s fantasy video game concept – driven by …

Get Refreshed: Twikipedia and SEBii’s Trip To Eagleland, A Year Since Exeter, and Saturn’s Guide to SoundCloud

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Brixton Yorker Twikipedia + SEBii: “hotel” Occasions like these remind me that nothing ever truly grows “stale” in music, no matter what the hardcore skeptics and critics of the world may think otherwise. Both the art and the craft of basing entire hip-hop tracks around video games – while always being present and developing – have taken on prominent and exciting new forms over the past decade. MCs and producers alike from scenes that stretch from South Florida to the Kanto Region ushered in this wholly entertaining era as the 2010s entered its waning years, and though this particular approach had its moment for quite some time, it certainly isn’t at the level of supply that it once was.  Now if anyone from today’s crop of superstars-in-the-making were to give this approach a welcomed return-to-form, could we have chosen a more obvious pairing than Twikipedia and SEBii? I seriously believe there could have been no one better to take up this task than these two given their track record of video game-centric bars and aesthetics alike; the shared …

Drop The Top – [Swoopy] x [Buffalobang]

Arguably the greatest facet of modern music as a whole is its ever-so-seamless nature. The music world’s current-day landscape sees its artists with the freest reign to do whatever they please in a variety of styles — something that not only elevates their creativity from a baseline perspective, but also lets them meld, twist, and transform already-existing genres into completely nuanced forms.  When it comes down to it, however, only the most talented acts can accomplish this in as swift of a fashion as can be. That is where the Boysnightsout duo of Swoopy and Buffalobang enter as two examples of acts who transcend the idea of “talent” — these are two artists who have done more than their contemporaries could ever do in diversifying the sounds of pop, hip-hop, and electronic music for years on end now.  Their recent single together “Drop The Top” is yet another example of them doing exactly that, but this time around, things are just that much more interesting and untapped. What this single brings is a tasteful blend of house and pop music alike; it’s a track that stands completely on its own for this reason entirely, and to say these two deliver …

The Only Thing I Know – [d1v]

The intersections between hip-hop, pop, and electronic music are being defined by a number of aspects, musical or otherwise. But arguably among the most telling of the strictly non-musical facets that play into this description is how pure and utter emotion factors into this wholly nuanced mix.  Artists that teeter between straight hip-hop stylistics and pop sentimentalism are doing so with all the grace and passion in the world, with quite the large amount of talent to back them up. This notion has been repeatedly exemplified to an absolute tee by Sweden’s very own d1v — easily one of the forefront figures of this musical attitude moving into the future.  The Boysnightsout purveyor recently dropped a track that reflects all these past descriptions in one small package with “The Only Thing I Know.” Rich with detail in all the right places, this single does all it needs to in truly defining what makes this style-defining act who they are and what they have come to represent during their already-resounding career thus far.  The instrumental provided by Shinjin paves a clear path for d1v to embellish on throughout its runtime, as they craft together a beat that sees its constantly solemn …

1 Night – [d1v and Buffalobang]

For those in the know, it should come as no surprise that the prolific collective Boysnightsout is continuing to come through with incredible track after incredible track from each and every single one of their outstanding members. Recognizing this becomes so vividly clear when one realizes that these forward-thinking and influential acts have been paving practically each and every lane that the new age of hip-hop and pop alike are taking on a day to day basis.  But just because they have held this status quite longer than most may recognize, that does not mean that their peak is in the rearview whatsoever. It almost seems too good to be true in making this claim, but these acts have come to impress more and more as time moves forward, even despite their now-iconic status among esteemed fans of contemporary underground music.  That fact has rung true yet again with the newest track from two of the collective’s most prominent members in d1v and Buffalobang, as “1 Night” is just another outstanding mark in their quite linear progression towards gaining the status of legends in their own right.  The two deliver in stride here over an instrumental from the always-consistent Ddertbag …

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 …

It’s Complicated – [Boysnightsout]

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 — …