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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 …

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 — …