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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 …

dltzk: A Life Before Teen Week

It has become abundantly clear that the next era of music will be defined by the idea of adolescence. Not just through the teens that are crafting and communicating these notions in the online music landscape, but the music industry as a whole in how teenage-centric it is slowly coming to be. The loudest and most creatively-sound voices in this artform are coming from – or, at the very least are inspired by – this age group and all of its contemporary signature facets. But in taking all of this in, a central question remains: what kinds of things define this adolescent archetype? Well, as far as an artist’s perspective is concerned, 17-year-old New Jersey prodigy dltzk seems to have all of the answers.  It’s a telling sense of self-awareness; it’s a high level of uncertainty; it’s a constant mental battle day in and day out; but maybe most of all, it’s impassioned creativity. These are all aspects of one’s modern teenage life that dltzk has given to us on nearly every single one of their past offerings. Vocally, lyrically, and instrumentally alike, this phenomenal talent has expertly communicated these sentiments in a wide-ranging and all-encompassing manner all by themself. …

Kite: A Platinum End For Bright Beginnings

Each and every artist that makes up the current-day online music landscape is defined by nothing more than their own sense of individuality. These acts stand out so vividly amongst each other due to how they embrace their individual nature by themselves through their music and image alike, but what makes this scene so fascinating is how they do so collectively in such large numbers at the same time ever-so-constantly.  That is where an artist like 18-year-old phenom Kite comes into play. The Atlanta, Georgia native is essentially one of the most ideal reflections of what these ideas represent towards this entire scene as a whole. This magnificent talent has made an already-experienced career flourish on years end with their one-of-a-kind vocal inflection, superb pop prowess, and an all-around spotless approach to their craft that has made them one of the most defining long-lasting figures out of this burgeoning scene.  Being a member of Goonncity, Helix Tears, and Graveem1nd simultaneously, they have brought with them a dynamic outlook to their artistic presence that seems to find its place in a variety of collectives and other collaborations alike. Though their sound is absolutely untapped, they still find ways to spread it …

STRENGTH BONUS – [Blackwinterwells] x [osquinn] x [Fish Narc]

It is always such a refreshing and hopeful event when the next wave of modern music truly begins to set in more than it already has. This rare changing-of-the-guard experience, while gradual, is always a sight to see as it goes on, and the music that comes out of it is of course going to be outstanding in itself.  This type of event becomes especially clear when established producers and artists alike become more and more accustomed to what this new wave brings — a fact that has just been demonstrated by one of the most defining producers of the tail end of the 2010s in Fish Narc. His first collaboration with what is now being considered the next generation of pop moving forward is fittingly with two of the scene’s most iconic and staple acts in Blackwinterwells and osquinn, and the resulting product is nothing short of incredible.  These three linked up for the first time to create “STRENGTH BONUS,” a track that sees their individual talents all combining to create one of the absolute best singles to be heard thus far this year. Even beyond such a definitive statement such as that, this track represents a true statement …

10 Best Songs Of The Year | Billy Bugara

10. Typo – Kuru My insecurities with recency bias are unfortunately forcing me to place this song at the bottom of the list, but if I wasn’t so concerned with that it would certainly be placed much higher. Kuru is a prodigy of modern pop music, and though I could’ve picked any number of his singles throughout 2020 for this list, he has never made anything quite like “Typo,” plain and simple. It had to be placed on this list out of respect among anything else. Kuru was able to spin the usually-brash and detail-lacking stylistics of drill music into an atmospheric pop ballad that showcases one of the single best performances from a solely vocal perspective all year. This hook is genuinely unreal — defying all set conventions in order to craft something that will stick in the memories of this entire year as we look back on it in the future. The instrumental carries that exact same demeanor with it as well, just bursting with atmosphere and thematic weight all the same with its soaring synths and aforementioned drill-centric drums. This is a song that is unforgettable in ways that most other tacks couldn’t even comprehend nor at the …

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 …

XIX: Chaos Before Our Very Eyes

A sure-fire way to emphatically jumpstart one’s artistic status in the public landscape is to simply saturate oneself in all things shocking, outlandish, and/or erratic in regards to their creative ventures. Especially in the highly approachable, and equally just as in-demand Internet age, effectively making a statement in an extravagant and momentous manner is without question a tried and true methodology that numerous acts have at their disposal to this day. But just because anyone can make a resounding statement in the public eye and have it stick in people’s heads does not mean that the given statement is anything significant or worthwhile in the long run. To take that next step and advance forward in the process, a creative has to infuse that very statement with just as much talent as sheer market appeal. If that daunting accomplishment is achieved, not only is the bar further set for more creatives to try and reach that same level, but the act in question will undoubtedly reap all of the benefits as they progress towards their respective endeavors.  And that is exactly what Karm and Yung Skayda have come to represent with their remarkable rise to prominence together as XIX; the …

OSQuinn and Blackwinterwells Become Unparalleled With The Outstanding “Oblivion”

We practically expect nothing short of greatness from each track that OSQuinn and Blackwinterwells lend their talents on; the act of them coming together just elevates that fact even more so. But even with those points being as apparent as they are, nothing could have prepared us for their most recent offering together in “Oblivion” — a track that is not just among the best songs either of these two have ever come through with, but is essentially one of, if not the most emphatic and remarkable songs to come out this year.  The two have outdone themselves times a million on this track, which is truly saying something considering the two’s already stacked back catalogs respectively. But there is no hyperbole in any of these statements whatsoever — “Oblivion” transcends what it means to make pop music today, and is an all-too-perfect representation of how these two can create a wide variety of emotions in a short, yet dynamically adventurous narrative of a track.  What begins as a solemn, almost folk-esque ballad that utilizes a sample of Tom DeLonge’s now-iconic acoustic guitar riff from “The Fallen” turns into anything but that as the song proceeds. But that shouldn’t take …

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 …

osquinn’s “Sticks and Stones” is a Departure in the Best Way Possible

Article by Billy Bugara Already moving far beyond the “one-dimensional” and “naive” labels that numerous critics have already placed upon her is osquinn, who just rendered all of those points irrelevant with her newest track “Sticks and Stones.” Rather than following her atypical approach to her craft dictated by her recent string of singles, she has convincingly taken a new direction with this offering — but one that is vividly reminiscent of tried and true hip-hop stylistics. Following other legends of their respective time periods like MF DOOM and Tyler, The Creator, this track sees her taking on the extremely well-known sample of Cortex’s “Huit Octobre 1971,” and just as those two MCs came through with their own unmatched styles over the beat, so too does Quinn by way of her signature pitched-up vocal delivery along with solemn lyrics that only she could deliver so elegantly and forcefully all the same. But what this track represents more than anything else is that Quinn is a student of the game, even being just 15 years old. With this track being so far against what her music may come off as to even her harshest critics, she is making it absolutely clear …