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Billy Bugara

85 posts by

Billy Bugara

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1 Night – [d1v and Buffalobang]

By Billy Bugara // 23 Oct 2020

For those in the know, it should come as no surprise that the prolific collective Boysnightsout is continuing to come through with incredible track after incredible track from each and every single one of their outstanding members. Recognizing this becomes so vividly clear when one realizes that these forward-thinking and influential acts have been paving practically each and every lane that the new age of hip-hop and pop alike are taking on a day to day basis.  But just because they have held this status quite longer than most may recognize, that does not mean that their peak is in the rearview whatsoever. It almost seems too good to be true in making this claim, but these acts have come to impress more and more as time moves forward, even despite their now-iconic status among esteemed fans of contemporary underground music.  That fact has rung true yet again with the newest track from two of the collective’s most prominent members in d1v and Buffalobang, as “1 Night” is just another outstanding mark in their quite linear progression towards gaining the status of legends in their own right.  The two deliver in stride here over an instrumental from the always-consistent Ddertbag …

It Nvr Gets Better – [Kuru]

By Billy Bugara // 23 Oct 2020

One might think that an ever-growing music landscape such as the all-too-prominent next era of pop music would have quite the project-base to flaunt at this point, given how close the scene is to effectively hitting the mainstream. But this scene has always been singles-dominated, and it has continued to be that way even in its most resounding period as we stand today.  A number of conclusions arise from identifying this fact as a whole, but two extremely prominent ones seem to stick out more than anything else: the sheer quality of the singles makes this concept an inherently positive one anyways, and when a project is effectively released by a given act in this scene, it carries far more emphatic weight upon it given its comparative rarity. These events are star-making moments all things considered, and arriving after a recent string of incredible project releases within this scene behind Blackwinterwells’s Stone Ocean and Midwxst’s Secrets is the equally prolific Kuru with his very own full-length offering entitled It Nvr Gets Better.  Inside a short 9-minute package are 4 remarkably executed tracks that essentially lay every single artistic facet that Kuru has to offer on the table for the world …

XIX: Chaos Before Our Very Eyes

By Billy Bugara // 22 Oct 2020

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 …

That’s Ok! – [Funeral feat. Yurms and Angelus]

By Billy Bugara // 22 Oct 2020

Despite the youthful and free-spirited nature that the grand majority of acts within the upcoming next wave of pop music exude on a day to day basis, they have come to deliver tracks upon tracks that do nothing else but solidify a sense of both comfort and confidence while still keeping those former tendencies ever-so-true. This methodology mostly stems from how effortlessly they come to flaunt their extremely apparent talents, as it truly seems as though they are all in full realization of how incredibly gifted they all are, and instead of hiding that fact even in the slightest, they use it to their advantage to make far more gripping and appealing offerings in the process. That notion is exactly what the trio of Funeral, Yurms, and Angelus have expertly communicated in the most vivid fashion on their latest song together entitled “That’s Ok!” — a straightforward yet momentous track that is without question a highlight of the already-stacked year that each of these three have had thus far. The three deliver their confidence-bursting verses over yet another remarkable job on production from 4am, who flaunts his always apparent versatile nature here with a beat that does very little to …

Waste My Time – [Yxki]

By Billy Bugara // 22 Oct 2020

It says quite a lot about a current-day artist when they are successfully able to bridge the gap between past artistic tendencies and ones of the modern landscape as it stands through their music alone, but it says even more about their sense of artistry if they are also able to just as successfully do so through a visual medium at the exact same time. This is an extremely rare feat, even in the age where aesthetics of the past are being incorporated into the sounds of the new age day by day. But that is exactly what Tokyo’s very own Yxki has accomplished with their new video for the incredibly-delivered track “Waste My Time” — and they have done so with all the grace in the world.  The song itself stands out in such an impressive manner on its own simply for the fact that it goes above and beyond to truly transfix the listener with sounds of both the recent past and the apparent present, but what results from this combination is something completely nuanced in it style and tone alike.  Yxki’s soft and blissfully sung vocals float atop a gently strummed guitar riff that sounds as though …

Claymore – [Chach feat. Kevin Hilfiger and Misaku Foxx]

By Billy Bugara // 21 Oct 2020

An all-too-impressive trend that has come to light throughout 2020 is the fact that the lines between hip-hop, pop, and electronic music of all varieties have been convincingly blurred to no end; in fact, the might as well have been completely eliminated. Acts who at one time may have considered themselves champions of a single genre and/or style have seen themselves coming to incorporate facets from practically any given style of music – popular or not – that is present today. These results have paid off in droves for most, as it truly seems as though the absolute best tracks being released today are those that seamlessly merge as many different sources of influence as one sees fit. And if there were to be a single scene to best represent this sentiment in its fullest and most adequate effect, there is nowhere better to look than the ever-rising next crop of pop acts working today.  Chach, Kevin Hilfiger, and Misaku Foxx are three acts who have been and continue to be at the forefront of this given scene as it continues to progress forward, and these are three acts that have taken the chance to merge these aforementioned sounds into …

Sick – [James Ivy]

By Billy Bugara // 21 Oct 2020

As this modern music landscape becomes even more saturated with artists who carry with them a limitless artistic scope of influence day by day, new sounds and styles are being introduced to the fray in such a rapid succession. But what many fail to fully realize is that adjacent to these nuanced facets coming to light are just as many acts who are bringing back sounds of yesterday in what can only be described as a familiar, yet just as emphatic manner. James Ivy is among the most impressive acts who are doing just that, and it is safe to say that he is working in this light with a telling sense of comfort and ease in the process. Though he has brought plenty of nuance to the grander indie scene as it continues to rise, he is just as transfixed with the idea of embodying styles of old in this current-day landscape. But even as comfortable as he is with that status and methodology, perhaps nothing has quite stood out in this exact manner as prominently as his newest offering “Sick” — a single that is nothing short of a tried and true garage rock ballad straight out of …

ihonestlygaveup – [d0llywood1]

By Billy Bugara // 21 Oct 2020

Arguably the greatest facet of independent and/or “underground” music is that artists in this light have quite the telling amount of room to be as transparent and genuine as they would like. That level of sincerity shines through due to the lack of explicit barriers in their way from external sources, and if anything else, the ease of access that the Internet age has granted this very music landscape has made that fact even more vivid in the process. That exact notion is something that d0llywood1 has quite literally always carried within her art, no matter the given circumstance. Be it her music or otherwise, Dolly carries with her a heightened sense of transparency and artistic integrity that not many others in her wake can say they have; not a single act comes even close, really.  She has just put this sentiment on quite possibly its clearest showcase yet with her newest single“ihonestlygaveup” — a track that doubles as an absolutely remarkable artistic feat through the music itself, and a wholly vivid representation of the unmatched place Dolly finds herself in within her current scene and beyond. If the title did not make it clear, or one is just not …

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