SEARCH FOR: HYPERPOP

Ghost – [Sudbath]

Sudbath is an Atlanta artist with an odd moniker but an intriguing sound. His newest single “Ghost” is the first release of 2023 and is one of the better alternative pop songs I’ve heard this year. The 21-year-old crooner had been making a name for himself over the past couple of years by releasing singles geared toward the hyperpop sound while running with the popular internet collective g0reset. Lately, he’s branched out and wanted to leave the hyperpop space for more of a pop sound as you’ll hear with his more recent records. Even though it’s early in his career you can see the songwriting talent and how talented Sudbath is as a producer throughout his current music. If you’re a fan of artists like Brakence and Glaive then Sudbath should satisfy your musical taste. Stream Sudbath’s new record “Ghost” after the break.

Poison – [DC the Don]

I think DC the Don has had one of the biggest years in 2022 than anyone, but it’s amazing to think that he is just barely getting his feet off of the ground. Back in October, I had the absolute pleasure of seeing him perform live, meeting up with him after the show, and chopping it up a little bit, but even with so much excitement and chaos going on all night, there was one thing I noticed that stood above the rest. DC was genuinely appreciative of everything that he has earned. Whether it was the various articles I’ve written, the die-hard fans that came to the show, his day-one teammates, or just the success he has achieved, I knew nothing was being taken for granted and he was one of those artists that I am elated to know has accomplished so much, even this early on in his career. Ahead of his album FUNERAL, DC has blessed fans with a handful of unbelievable works of art, and while I’m later than usual when it comes to his SevenEight-directed video single “Poison”, I wasn’t going to let time prevent me from checking it out. Produced by Lovesick, this one …

Mixed Feelings 2 – [909Memphis]

SoundCloud emcees have always been a group that I have the utmost respect for. It’s on the music streaming platform that I realized years ago just how hard-working and unbelievably inventive musicians can be, and they didn’t need expensive equipment or flashy garments to share their gifts with the world. Thinking back to a simpler time when my main focus was just trying to find artists with potential, heart, and a one-of-a-kind sound, few people come to mind before 909Memphis. I look at him as one of the most influential trendsetters in the underground SoundCloud movement, and considering he has been in this industry for over a half-decade and still making some of the most innovative music with a story behind it makes me more of a fan than ever. As the years have gone on, we have become homies and unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to catch up with him in a while on a personal level, but I always do my best to keep up with his latest releases as often as I can. When he dropped Mixed Feelings back in February of 2019, I had already been a longtime fan, and it was a project that …

mad – [midwxst]

Back when I first submerged myself in the hyperpop scene, I knew there were so many diverse talents throughout the micro-genre, but I found myself obsessed with the same group of artists. The main musicians I was listening to were people like glaive, ericdoa, midwxst, aldn, and brakence, and while there was a song here and there by other talents, these were the core group of individuals that I never got tired of. Back then (probably about 2 years ago), I knew that all of these artists were going to become massive stars, but even with so much confidence in them, I had no idea just how massive they would end up being. Out of these hitmakers, glaive might be the most recognized by a mainstream crowd, but the others aren’t too far behind by any means, and the one thing I respect more than the rest of their prominent achievements is the fact that they haven’t even come close to sacrificing their creativity or individuality in the midst of so much notoriety and success. Regardless of how big they’re becoming, midwxst has remained one of my favorite artists in the new generation, and as lucky as I am to …

PULLBACK – [WHOKILLEDEXIX]

Hyperpop has always been a subgenre that I have been obsessed with since tapping in with these artists probably a year and a half ago or so, and that admiration has really become focused on a select handful of musicians as time went on. Obviously, I love glaive, ericdoa, Brakence, aldn, and that whole group of artists, but if you’re not traditionally mentioned in the same sentence as them, I just don’t often tune in as much as I would like. I say this with the exception of WHOKILLEDXIX, a Connecticut-raised, Los Angeles-based duo that took this already innovative genre and flipped it on its head entirely. I feel like they’re the antiheroes of hyperpop because while their music contains telltale elements that other artists feature, they take the chaos, energy, and strangeness of the musical style and entirely exploit the vitality that these things bring to the table. Although they’ve already dropped an EP earlier this year that was awesome, they decided to head into the end of 2022 with a strong push, releasing their debut album PULLBACK as a continuation to their string of wins. The 15 songs on this project run just over 40 minutes long, so …

V9 ATREYU – [BBY GOYARD]

I owe a lot of different artists so much for shaping my musical tastes, and even though the styles that these artists have brought to life throughout the years differ quite a lot, each and every one of them has made an impact on me in one way or another. I used to listen strictly to the more lyrical, conscious style of hip-hop, which I still like, but considering how diverse my sonic palate has grown to be, I don’t think that would have been possible without BBY GOYARD. The man whose alias is Lil Shannon has always stretched the possibilities of music in general, never conforming to a singular style, genre, or sound, but rather pushing his own boundaries which in turn has pushed the boundaries of the industry as a whole. Whether people want to give him credit or not, I think that subgenres like glitchcore, hyperpop, and other forward-thinking styles would not be nearly as popular as they currently are, and even with so many unique emcees coming out of the woodwork, it feels as if none of them hold a candle to GOYARD. For some reason, I haven’t been made aware of his releases in the …

Suburbia – [Heavn]

Rising New York artist Heavn is back and this time it’s with a whole new project entitled ‘Suburbia’. This entire project feels like a soundtrack for a coming-of-age film. Heavn is far beyond his years as a storyteller and songwriter and the world-building he’s able to put on display is something everyone will be able to appreciate. With Suburbia Heavn explains via email that “Suburbia is about a place where everyone is basically the same, no one stands out but pretty much everyone is ok with it. But the protagonist of the lore “Nico ” is different, he’s loud, and his whole energy differs from everyone else’s. He brings out the best in the suburbia; metaphorically, he even changes its color.” Sonically if you were a fan of Hean before 2022 then you might notice that he’s taken an alternative rock approach as his new sound. Previously he was leaning into the hyperpop wave with his music before this year. Stream Heavn’s new project Suburbia in its entirety after the break.

fall at the same time – [aldn]

Ever since aldn came onto the music scene a few years ago, he has been making a splash that continues to grow with every new piece of music he puts out. I was first introduced to him through his collaborations with hyperpop artists that he was also super close with, and while I would once categorize him with a similar label, I now understand that he really isn’t anything like one would describe the niche subgenre. I mean, most of the musicians that were once believed to be hyperpop-adjacent are now doing their own thing without bringing the unique style of music along with them, and even though this might not be their classification anymore, they never forgot their distinct sound at any point along the way. The Virginia native is even more unique in the sense that he typically produces his own music or at least plays a part in the production of his tracks, so he is able to bring whatever sounds he wants to the forefront and go in any direction he pleases, something that has benefited him at every turn in his young yet enthralling rise to fame. Although he is typically busy putting together unforgettable …

SIMPLE – [$NOT]

Over the past few years, I have found myself heavily supporting various artists, but some of these musicians have taken the crown as some of my personal favorites. Whether we’re talking hyperpop artists like ericdoa or glaive, Detroit phenoms like Icewear Vezzo or Babyface Ray, or all-around game changers like Yeat or Dro Kenji, I have a never-ending influx of great music to listen to. Out of all these emcees that I have gone all-in on, $NOT is one of the first names that comes to mind because he has seriously been one of the most innovative emcees in the world, and his dexterity never fails to amaze me. His album Ethereal dropped in February of this year, and as much as I loved it, it seems like he has been on a victory lap to celebrate the project’s success rather than dropping too many new tracks, so when I come across a fresh record, you already know I am not going to miss out. Just the other day, he dropped his third track since February’s album entitled “Simple”, and the bouncy saturnn and Wick Katana-produced instrumental is flawless, which is an adjective that could describe $NOT’s contributions just as …

Suicide – [DC the Don] ft. [midwxst]

I feel like I say it all the time, but I truly feel like there isn’t anything in the music world that DC the Don can’t do, and do well at that he has demonstrated his capabilities on numerous occasions, and as he continues to blow up, he seems to challenge himself even more to push the limits and make the most out of his time in the spotlight. I don’t think his time is going to be up anytime even remotely soon, either, because after dropping his wildly successful album My Own Worst Enemy back in February along with a ton of accompanying music videos, he has continued to release single after single, keeping his undefeated streak going time and time again. Even though I tend to enjoy a specific style that a multifaceted artist creates more than others, Donny is the one exception because he does everything so well, and his most recent single “Suicide” is yet another flawless example of this. Alongside one of my favorite young stars midwxst, DC hits up Trademark, 637Rxss, Dxnny Phxntom, and Gateway to bring this hyperpop-infused beat to life, and the results are as magnificent as you’d expect from these two …