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CHACHASLIDE – [Barely Legal] & [Jay Browne]

Collectives used to be a lot more common in the music industry, it seems, so when I come across a group of musicians who are really making waves as large as Barely Legal, I have to tap in without question. Although they’re a quartet that I hadn’t yet heard of, I am clearly sleeping considering they’ve already achieved some massive success in their blossoming careers and with a few performances at Rolling Loud, their fanbase is rapidly expanding. For good reason, too, because the crew made up of Chowder Band$, Kid Dre, Miquel Morales, and Jø have a sound unlike anyone else in the industry and after proclaiming themselves the “Black Backstreet Boys”, how could anyone not want to tap in with them? The video single that was sent through my email is for their record “CHACHASLIDE” with Jay Browne, and it’s a video that seriously captivated me in every sense of the word. On the unique Major Seven and Sauron-produced single, every artist finds their perfect niche, showing off exactly how individualistic they are on their own but not overshadowing the fact that they play off of one another in this unforced way that makes me feel as if …

Get Refreshed: August ’22

“Get Refreshed” is a monthly column by Billie Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here. Mental Makes Music That Sounds Like Mental Mental’s career has been fascinating to follow. I found their music pretty much just like most other people in the grander “pandemic era” of Internet music – through our Discord/Twitter/Whatever communities. In 2020, Mental was an artist that I knew had a bright future ahead of them, and was someone I had so much faith in due to their organic approach to songwriting, styling, and behavior overall. Their attitude towards music is unlike anyone else’s; they are light, simple, and down to Earth. They’re just Mental… and you know what I’m talking about if you’ve heard the music and/or talked to them as a friend. Friend… I don’t think there’s single word that best describes everything Mental is about than that. Even if you don’t know them personally, Mental is a friend. Their music is friendly, and their artistic nature revolves around friendship. I’ve observed this throughout their lengthy career now, but that’s not what makes it so fascinating like I expressed before. What makes it that way is just how much they’ve worked to make …

Get Refreshed: The Bloodhounds Say Goodbye

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Main Cover by Brixton Yorker // Special Cover by ddertbag Editor’s Note I feel as though it’s important that I acknowledge why this week’s column is slightly different. This is a special edition of “Get Refreshed” where – aside from the below trio of notable releases I intended on highlighting before the present news hit – I take a backseat and let the people whose voices are most important to the week’s online music discourse be focused on and listened to as they deservingly should.  Those voices come in the form of past and present members of the integral, impactful, and illustrious online music collective called Bloodhounds — the aforementioned news surrounding the group being the sudden and shocking announcement of its conclusion this past Wednesday. As one will see by the end of this piece, the amount of space I’ve reserved for reflecting on and chronicling the legacy of the digicore-purveying collective is entirely appropriate given just how remarkable their legacy has been and forever will be in regards to the continuing era of online music.  Below these few …

Get Refreshed: Ecco2k’s Pixie Music, Ridin’ With Red Mirror, and the C2D You Deserve To Know

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Brixton Yorker Ecco2k: “PXE” Before last week, the prevailing notion behind Ecco2k’s inevitable return after 2019’s still-unparalleled E was already set in stone: when it happens, it’s going to be something new, unfounded, and rooted in this magnificent creative’s ever-evolving artistry. And with the surprise release of “PXE” – a brief, 5-track EP with an accompanying short visual by Japanese-based artist Freddy Carrasco  – that’s exactly what we got in every sense of those terms. But based on how dramatic of a departure most of this project is from something as clear and defining as his debut album, we were given an even more nuanced experience than we could have ever asked for.  We certainly weren’t expecting such a clean slate to be presented to us here, but it’s safe to say that we’re better off for it. Ecco himself has dubbed the sounds both heard and felt on this project as “pixie music” — music that conveys something of a “live” atmosphere about it, yet transcends that simplistic description into something completely beyond that scope. It’s music …

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

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 …

Cement Shoes – [Blackwinterwells] x [Chach]

The world of Blackwinterwells has certainly never been one to follow any given conventions whatsoever; whether it’s through her ever-changing and ever-dynamic artistic approaches, her tendency to bring any and all artists into this world that she sees fit, or by simply standing alone as a pop act unlike any ever observed up to this point in the history of the genre. As practically every single angle that she brings to the forefront falls under this sentiment, so too should her string of singles leading up to her upcoming project Stone Ocean — as both of these tracks have come to stand against what may be considered a “traditional” album rollout in their solemn, gloomy, and sheerly atmospheric demeanor about them. Though the former track “Marrow” stood out as at least something of a gripping and grooving track on its own, the latter and most recent offering “Cement Shoes” is anything but your traditional single leading up to such a momentous occasion, based simply on the fact that it exudes nothing short of an “album track” aura in both its narrative structure and pure sound alike. The song is an awe-inspiring experience that practically transports the listener into this unfounded world …

Trying – [Chach]

When so much music is being released in a particular scene, and at such an incredibly high level of quality across the board at that, it can be extremely easy as a singular artist to feel as though lacking behind as far as quantity is concerned will also lower the quality of your songs as well. This is certainly an issue that numerous artists are being forced to face in regards to the rising next era of hip-hop and pop music, but no one has seen both sides of the fray more so that Chach has over the past year or so.   Chach has gone from releasing track after track on his own and/or with any number of his close contemporaries to slowing down his release schedule in recent times, but in considering the aforementioned notion that this in any way would sacrifice the sheer quality of his output as it stands now, the opposite has actually revealed itself as being the case — as his new single “Trying” is genuinely among the absolute best songs he has ever released or even been a part of whatsoever.    It seems as though Chach has pulled out all the stops …

Misaku Foxx: Making Magic Out Of Strife

It means quite a lot to be not only one of the most engaged figures in a rising music scene but also one of its originators and/or purveyors. These figures have a tellingly unique perspective on their respective scene by simply taking up that mantle, but their status as to how much they are respected or otherwise tends to go up in the air once that scene does take off.   This exact dichotomy has made itself most apparent in the case of Misaku Foxx in regards to the coming wave of pop music; they have been pushing this scene from a musical standpoint for a very, very long time – longer than a great majority of its members – but has since seen a resounding divide as to their status among the scene from fellow artists and fans alike.    Any keen eye within this movement could easily tell you that these criticisms of the Tucson, Arizona native are almost always completely unsubstantiated, but that is failing to recognize the toll that their actions have taken on Misaku themself in the process.    Yet with that being said, an aura of sheer progress, positivity, and passion seems to follow …

Tell Me – [Helix Tears]

As if this fact could ever be lost within the rising cast of talent that make up the next era of pop music, the essence of collaboration as it currently stands between them is alive, well, and thriving at arguably its highest level yet in regards to their musicianship. And though this is certainly the case among these figures on a singular level, it makes it that much more clear when they join their various collectives up for a resounding cypher on occasion.    Though these moments were all-too-rare at one point, they have seen their frequency rise as each and every collective begins to find their footing in the scene. And no collective has their footing as stable and as secured among them than Blackwinterwells’s very own Helix Tears — who has just rounded up acts from the likes of Gooncity, NoHeart, Novagang, and plenty more for their newest lengthy cut entitled “Tell Me.”   15 different artists align this absolute mammoth of a feature list, and they are all held in ideal symmetry and with perfect care by the outstanding work on production from two of the most in-demand producers in the scene itself: Delto and Angelus. The …

A Message from the Lighthouse – [Artie Do Good]

If you’re not already familiar with Artie Do Good’s music, the Chicago-based producer and jazz musician’s latest EP, ‘A Message from the Lighthouse’, offers a quintessential introduction. Marked by lush production, memorable melodies, and jazz-influenced hip-hop, Artie takes inspiration from the stories of actual lighthouse keepers and crafts a soundtrack to pay homage. Artie keeps the project sonically consistent, filling it with sweeping synths and crisp production spread across six tracks. On “Dancing on the Parapet”, he creates an enamoring instrumental escalated by a roaring trombone melody that you can’t help but hum along to. He then switches things up further on “Gophast”, experimenting with vocal manipulation alongside artists Ehiorobo and Pink Navel. Isolating, yet full of warmth in its live instrumentation and shimmering textures, ‘Lighthouse’ no doubt succeeds at conveying the mystical energy that its title suggests. Listen below: