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Get Refreshed: Getting Fat, Meeting “Drayan!” and Making It Look So Easy

“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) Kai Whiston: Drayan! Conceptual undertakings in electronic music are a dime a dozen. Extraterrestrial motifs in electronic music are a dime a dozen. Abrasive instrumentals and distortion-tinged vocals in electronic music are… a dime a dozen. Drayan! – the latest mixtape from rising producer and performer Kai Whiston – holds all of these ideas as its main features, but its price is certainly not as easy to come upon. Throw any sense of commonality out of the window; all 9 of its tracks might as well be worth a million dollars each. What we have here is a project that, from a spectacle, is akin to a standard release in this genre. But someone as ferociously passionate and talented as Whiston is simply could not play into these standards without transcending them entirely. The Lux Cache founder took the magnificent photographic work of Janaina Tschäpe’s “After The Rain” and effectively gave it its own score — telling the story of a hybrid alien figure as they proceed through the trials and tribulations of their …

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 …

Cypress Grove – [Glaive]

The all-too-worn-out tides of modern pop music are finally beginning to shift. As we enter this tellingly impactful decade to come, the heightened sense of change and further adaptation in the world as a whole is extending to nearly every single one of its facets; pop music is just a small part of this immense picture, but an all-encompassing one nonetheless. That is why the most apparent facets that make up its changing form are so fascinating to notice and admire — arguably the most inspiring of which being its increasingly youthful cast of talents pushing the genre into those aforementioned years to come. But this crop of young acts are not defined by their immaturity and manufactured artistry, in fact, the exact opposite is more so the case. In taking in this notion, there exists not a single artist more representative of all that these statements entail more than 15-year-old prodigy Glaive. After a stark rise to prominence amongst fellow outstanding talents like Kurtains, Osquinn, and Zootzie in the highly influential Slowsilver03 collective, the North Carolina native has taken the lessons learned from these other acts and has since elevated his career to now-unprecedented levels of pop maturity, intuition, and …

Top – [Zee!] x [Zootzie]

It almost seems meaningless to begin a brand new collective amongst a scene that is somewhat defined by a burgeoning amount of them from a baseline spectacle. Looking at the rising Internet-based underground scene today, collectives certainly play an influential role in how it operates day in and day out, but the mass amount of them already just begs for a sense of stability at this point. Though these facts remain true, there does lie one extremely apparent exception to all of this. The sudden construction of “CO-OP” seems to be more than just a standard group of artists looking to put each other on as any other collective would have begun; this is a group of established, experience, and of course, unfathomably talented acts who have already proven to make a name for themselves in each of their respective careers, and are just grouping together to do nothing else but what they all do best — making outstanding music. And that is exactly what the group’s debut track has come to be known as, with two of its most experienced members in Zee! and Zootzie teaming up for the Slade and Kkypr-produced “Top.” Carrying an infectious beat with two …