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Billy Bugara

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170 posts by

Billy Bugara

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cloak n dagger – [glaive] x [ericdoa]

By Billy Bugara // 22 Jan 2021

The dawn of a new era for any sort of scene and/or genre has historically been marked by two or more like-minded artists coming together to cement it in stone. These events are certainly rare, but absolutely fascinating to observe as they occur. But even with that being said, no one can truly emphasize the magnitude of an event like this happening to a genre as all-encompassing as the grander state of pop music as a whole. Believe it or not, that event is beginning to take shape before our very eyes; and who better to fully realize this moment than pop music’s two faces of the future in glaive and ericdoa. These two have fostered a relationship that begins at just being genuine friends by themselves, and ends with the two coming together to shift the paradigm of pop music moving into the future. It is a once-in-a-lifetime type of chemistry, and one that without question should be noted as being as monumental as it is.  Right as these two were placed on the cover of Spotify’s wholly influential hyperpop playlist, they dropped a collaborative single entitled “cloak n dagger” along with an accompanying video. This moment represents a …

Cales – [Doxia] x [Kurtains] x [Wido]

By Billy Bugara // 22 Jan 2021

The endless amount of versatility found within the current state of online music offers up a seemingly endless amount of sonic options. Because artists are so individualized yet still bonded together as a scene, so many fascinating avenues of collaboration have been and will continue to materialize as time continues. This fact is especially true when considering the influence that collectives play within some of these scenes across the landscape. Enter a trio consisting of Trial’s Doxia and Slowsilver03’s Kurtains and Wido — three acts who all have their own outstanding flairs about them as individual talents, but seem to always see their attributes amplified in collaboration with others.  These three have just added the utmost substance to that exact claim with their newest offering together entitled “Cales.” This track – beyond just being an ideal representation of the approach their scene exudes day in and day out – solidifies the chemistry between these three and their respective collectives in such a seamless and swift manner.  Kurtains absolutely shines on this track with one of the most memorable hooks to hit the public this year. They have seemingly mastered the art of the earworm up to this point in their …

Redact – [Joeyy]

By Billy Bugara // 20 Jan 2021

It is always a welcome surprise for an artist to showcase their versatility with a wide range of differing tracks. This becomes especially true when an artist can influence and pave the way for numerous others via each of their sonic directions, practically raising their influential status that much higher in the process.  To say that an artist like Joeyy fits the mold that these descriptions entail would be selling even such an immensely important act like him short. With a variety of sounds and styles alike at their disposal, the 1team icon has proven to be a one-stop source for all things progressively modern when it comes to hip-hop and pop alike. The sheer lengths that this ever-versatile performer can go to with his instantly recognizable vocals are impressive to say the very least, and far too resounding to simply ignore at the very most.  Yet despite all of these aspects being so apparent within his discography, he is continuing to flaunt his dynamic nature with each successive single released. The latest of these releases entitled “Redact” is just another stylistic departure among the rest, and of course knowing the type of act we’re dealing with here, it went …

BAFFLEdd – [SEBii]

By Billy Bugara // 20 Jan 2021

With a great sense of musical intuition and experience comes an even greater sense of attention to detail. That is a universal notion across all music genres and scenes alike; artists who have perfected their craft in any which way truly seem to flaunt it by always adding new and precise details to their already-developed sound with each successive release.  As far as the coming wave of pop music is concerned, perhaps no single act is quite as intuitive and experienced as SEBii. Spending years crafting a sound that now sees itself seeping into the influences of plenty of his contemporaries, the ever-talented pop mastermind is progressing his career further by making each and everything he drops just that much more finely-tuned and effective.  These efforts have recently culminated in the form of “BAFFLEdd” — his latest single to date, and quite possibly his most magnetic yet. All things that make an artist like him so equally outstanding and progressive are on display here, and the track’s resounding experience exemplifies these claims in full.  The beat here is tailor-made for the sonic direction SEBii is moving forward with in the coming year. He links up with the always-masterful production figure …

2022 My Year Fr – [Saturn]

By Billy Bugara // 20 Jan 2021

In a landscape that likes to flaunt its sense of individuality across its cast of talents – for good reason – there are more than a few acts who seem to have an influence on just about everyone. Saturn is absolutely one of those select few artists who can lay claim to such a title, paving the way as far as vocal delivery and lyrical thematics are concerned within the growing online music scene.  Their efforts have been cemented in stone up to this point, but that surely is not enough to satisfy such a prolific and progressive act like they are. Continuing to develop their sound and overall artistic approach alike as more and more tracks come to light, they are proving their status as among the most gifted and inevitable superstars of that aforementioned landscape each and every trip.  In saying this, it is no surprise that a new project from them is in the works moving into the new year; seven songs are on their way from the influential figure, and the excitement for what is to come could not be any higher from those in the know. That fact becomes exponentially more apparent when taking a …

Fiction – [Jiccjucc]

By Billy Bugara // 18 Jan 2021

Despite how openly experimental and free-forming the online music world is to each of its artists, having success within it simply comes down to effectively embracing the unique individual qualities that exist within each of these acts by themselves. Whether comes about via the most abrasive sounds imaginable or through clean-cut and straightforward deliveries, making the absolute most out of what one does best will always grant them a spot in the limelight.  It took some time before an artist like Jiccjucc was able to fulfill this niche. The Atlanta talent spent the majority of 2020 going from sound to sound and style to style, all with quite the large amount of acclaim for their place in the scene, but never honing in on one signature approach that would take them to the next step. But with a new year and corresponding new horizons now in his hands, he has taken it upon himself to deliver a statement piece that finally draws a mark on what makes him special as an individual artist. That statement comes in the form of his debut EP “Fiction” — a 4-track project that does nothing else but cement his place as one of the …

Psycho – [Blxty] x [Mental] x [Orchid]

By Billy Bugara // 18 Jan 2021

Pure chemistry seems to always stand out in such an effective manner when it comes to music in this light. Collaborative art is always benefited by like-minded creators at the helm of a given offering, and this fact rings especially true when these particular artists already find themselves in a community that is all-but-centered around collaboration in its entirety.  That is a position in which the trio of Blxty, Mental, and Orchid find themselves in at this very moment. All three of them are rising up the ranks within the modern online music landscape, and each of their individual talents seem to compliment each other far more than the average three people from this very scene at all.  Though past offerings have proven their heightened sense of chemistry in a variety of combinations, all three have come together for arguably their best work together yet with the recently released “Psycho” — a track that not only fulfills the promise of flaunting their chemistry together in itself, but also showcases what each of these incredible acts do so well as individual talents.  The three are given an outstanding setting to accomplish these things within in the form of a masterful instrumental …

gettingtomyhead – [Funeral]

By Billy Bugara // 18 Jan 2021

An artist like Funeral is defined by their constant state of evolution. Acts that are as creatively-sound and willing to expand their talents as frequently as they do are seeing themselves become more and more versatile, dynamic, and certainly acclaimed in the process.  It seems as though with each successive release throughout 2020, Funeral tried something new and fresh every single trip. Whether that was through his constant stream of outstanding singles, or the few EPs scattered throughout the year, the newly-introduced Novagang member has made a career out of consistently leveling up for all the right reasons.  This is a continuing trend into the new year with his newly released single “gettingtomyhead.” Yet again, the pop phenom has elevated his game to new and unfounded levels, this time in perhaps his most telling and boisterous manner yet.  Where this track soars over its predecessors is how it acts as an amalgamation of the best aspects of his artistry. The first half of the track sees him flaunting his magnificent pop prowess, with his opening verse being an earworm in itself due to his gripping vocal inflection.  The song sees itself being greatly benefitted by an instrumental that does all …

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