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Get Refreshed: The Story of Cartz

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Alejo Andres Remembering To Forget With Cat Mother Any creative eager to move towards new beginnings in their artistic career might focus on the idea of the “future” more than anything else. Most creatives would more than likely share this belief in full; planning out how things might turn out in going through with an artistic transition is much better than going in blind, obviously.  But what’s even more obvious is this: Quinn – the 16-year-old phenom of the online music world – has never, and will never, be classified under the title of “most creatives.” Simply put, we’re dealing with a talent who stands completely amongst themselves in regards to their place in the modern music landscape as a whole, and nothing better exemplifies that than their brand new artistic endeavor under the pseudonym “Cat Mother.”  This fresh title has arrived with an equally-fresh outlook in regards to their craft. The immense, impactful, and influential waves that they have already created with their past pop-centric work has been effectively concealed and placed out of sight by way …

The “Hypothetical” Travis Scott x Future Verzuz Battle [Opinion]

In the midst of the pandemic that began early last year, it forced a lot of us to find other means of entertainment as we were all stuck inside the house on lockdown. One of the best things to come from this pandemic from an entertainment standpoint, would be the Head-to-Head music battle platform “Verzuz”–founded and created by Hip-Hop legends Timbaland and Swizz Beats. What once started as just a one-off Instagram Live battle between the two moguls to see who had the better production catalog has now turned into a worldwide phenomenon–bringing the group chat/barbershop conversation into fruition as to who is the better artist. Two legends take turns playing hits after hits and a winner is declared just shortly after the battle is over once Timbaland and Swizz Beatz go Live and talk it out. The platform has since then grown to produce live in-person battles–accompanied with live DJ’s, amazing stage settings, and commentary from both artists in between songs. Some of the battles we have seen come from this would be DMX vs. Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys vs. John Legend, Rick Ross vs. 2 Chainz, Nelly vs. Ludacris, and even the controversial battle with Jeezy vs. Gucci …

McFly – [ICEDOUTOMNITRIX] x [Dirty Bird]

It should be pretty obvious how difficult it is for any given artist to bring back long-forgotten genres of the past. But it becomes that much more difficult when the genre that is attempting to be revived for this modern era has been repeatedly scrutinized since practically its inception.  That is exactly the all-too-ambitious task that both ICEDOUTOMNITRIX and Dirty Bird were faced with when they voluntarily decided to take up bringing back, of all things, tried and true disco. This genre has been at the wrong end of jokes from both fans and critics alike since its dawn in the 70s, yet with such approaches like modern plunderphonics and vaporwave shedding some contemporary positive light on it, perhaps no time was better than now to explore what modern possibilities exist with it.  And with a duo of talents that cannot be understated whatsoever, it is no surprise that this momentous endeavor went off without a hitch. These two recently joined up for a 6-track full-disco EP in “McFly” — and in knowing the type of chemistry that they exude so naturally, the resulting product was nothing short of brilliant.  Each track on this EP accomplishes exactly what our given …

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 …

Malware – [Dirty Bird]

Whenever a certain genre and/or subgenre resurfaces after a long period of absence in the public consciousness, a corresponding “renaissance figure” will always arise with it and carry that sound into its new life. Sometimes this can certainly happen with a group of individuals too, thus creating a “scene” that comes with it; in the case of house music’s grand resurgence back into the public eye as far as this modern online landscape is concerned, there is only one person who can definitively lay claim to that title. You would have to look a mile past the obvious if Dirty Bird was not the answer to that fact. Continuing off of plenty of projects that further developed this telling mix of house stylistics that range from acid, lo-fi, and even tried and true jazz all the same, he had fully cemented this development with such landmark releases this year as Brainworks and d&db.nfo — the latter of the two being a collaboration with fellow house purveyor and Eldia Records mainstay Dazegxd, and the former being a solo masterpiece from him that has easily gone down as the year’s overall greatest house offering. Or else it would have, if not for …

d&db.nfo – [Dazegxd] x [Dirty Bird]

House music as a concept alone is seemingly everlasting as we currently stand in this modern age; this is a genre that has adapted and attached its likeness to a number of different adjacent sounds and styles, while staying true to the standard conventions it set for itself as far back as nearly 30+ years ago now. With that being said, it takes a certain amount of telling artistry and sheer creative influence to become known as an act who serves as something of a catalyst for the genre to move further and further into these aforementioned new lanes as they are — taking the genre into new places while still holding its baseline and past-centric ideals so closely in the process. But as though there was any single doubt about it in the first place, this artistic status has come to at least in part define the resounding careers of both Dazegxd and Dirty Bird up to this point. Though the two have certainly come to be known in other circles – with Daze pushing the ever-rising next era of pop and hip-hop forward with his prolific production work in those lanes, while Dirty Bird has done his part …

Brainworks – [Dirty Bird]

The ever-brewing trends of faux-futurism and new-millennium styles and attitudes alike have come to a telling peak throughout this very year. These aesthetic-based approaches that call back to what the future was meant to look like in the late-1990s to the early-2000s have returned in something of a new light, crossing any and all mediums and allowing artists who were influenced by this period in time to flaunt their talents in an all-too-respected manner.    Whether it’s their one-to-one graphic and typeface design work under the Gum pseudonym, or their equally homage-paying ventures into the worlds of house, trance, and other electronica offshoots in the music world under the name Dirty Bird, the work they have put into as far as translating this period into the modern-day landscape is absolutely remarkable in every sense of the word.    Their latest project under the Dirty Bird name is entitled Brainworks, and it conclusively serves as the most telling culmination of exactly what makes these aforementioned claims ring so true in regards to what they stand for and their overall artistic status in this light.    This project is a wholly mind-bending and all-encompassing foray into all things electronica in regards to …

200 For Lunch / Dirty Diana – [Gunna]

There are very few rappers who have managed to become legends in the game after such a short time, and Gunna is one of these people. Sure, he has been grinding for a few years at this point, but you just simply don’t get the same output from other big-name artists that you get from him. It’s almost like he speaks in rhymes and just records everything he says because there doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day to hit the studio and record everything that he releases. WUNNA was clearly a smash hit and the deluxe version basically provided us with an entirely new album, and I’m sure he’s got enough music in the vault to do that one hundred times over. He’s just a machine that never shuts down, and his hard work has clearly paid off and will continue to do so for as long as I can imagine. His continuous grind doesn’t just stop in the studio, though, and he continues to release music videos at a fairly regular rate as well. Most recently, he decided to kill two birds with one stone by releasing a visual for two songs off of the deluxe …