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Find My Place-[Sahara Colourway]

If you’re looking for a dope new emerging artist to root for this year, then, Sahara Colourway should reign at the top of your list. The London artist made it onto my radar a little while ago and I’m super stoked to finally be writing this article for him as he truly is a spectacular talent that’s worth all of the support in the entire world. There are certain songs that only need one listen in order fo you to become obsessed and Sahara’s offering, “Find My Place” is the perfect example. This is actually Sahara’s debut single, which is such a triumph when you consider how polished it is. What makes it even better is that this track made it on to the Urban Outfitter’s Official In-Store Playlist. If you’ve ever been in a UO store, then you’d know that their tunes are always banging, so Sahara is in phenomenal company. From top to bottom, this is just a real comprehensive piece of art that is easy to take in. The two-minute and twenty-six second song has infinite playlist value thanks to the dynamic production and soothing vocal talents of Sahara himself. The melodies waste no time in captivating …

Heavy – [Hannah Rodríguez] x [ELX]

London based artist Hannah Rodríguez returns to Lyrical Lemonade with one of her most exciting singles yet titled “Heavy.” Produced by ELX, the song contains a groovy, fast-paced vibe with a stylistic mixture of contemporary R&B and pop. “Heavy on my back but I won’t sit down” are the opening words of the addictive chorus, which flows seamlessly with the rest of the track. Hannah’s sensual vocals not only sound as mature as ever, but the production couldn’t be more fitting for her unique Winehouse esque appeal. The lyrics are confident; not in a brash way but more so a self-empowering and/or inspiring sense as Rodríguez overcomes the heaviness of her relationships. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Hannah Rodríguez is a superstar in the making, and this offering serves as further proof. Have a listen below!

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 …

Shatter – [Co-op] feat. Kmoe

In serving as a historically-defining aspect of the digicore scene throughout its entire lifespan thus far, the mass amount of collectives within it carry quite a large amount of influence with them. Not only that, but they have come to offer a limitless amount of creative options for artists inside the scene to either explore or make happen via their involvement with them by itself. The latest example of this picture being painted in real-time happens to be with one of the scene’s most eclectic talents, Kmoe. The ever-consistent Vancouver talent has certainly carved out a particular sound for himself based on both his solo work and dedicated efforts to the NoHeart collective for quite some time now, but recent developments have revealed that there is so much more of his artistry to explore than anyone could have guessed.  These statements result from his recent introduction to Co-op — essentially a lineup of scene all-stars in the form of a single collective. With this new endeavor comes an endless amount of new possibilities for this young talent to undertake, whether that is through the ease of collaboration with his new contemporaries, or in discovering and mastering an alternate artistic approach …

Redlights – [bodyGaard]

If the ever-occupied and simply massive amount of artists that make up the current-day online music landscape was not enough to illustrate the scene’s limitless potential, then perhaps hammering in on the music itself that each of these acts make in their own ways will do so. Given this idea, there is no chance that it wouldn’t prove that point in full; it seems like every single day there is a new type of sound being introduced from an endless amount of exceptional sources. That is exactly the case with Canada’s very own bodyGaard — an act that has been turning heads ever-so-gradually with the release of a mass amount of incredible singles, and of course their widely-acclaimed “Protection” EP just some time ago. Taking a modern hip-hop ethos and infusing such gripping pop and electronic elements directly into it, their work thus far has been nothing short of brilliant, and the recognition that has been brewing up about them, while deserved, is not even close to being enough to celebrate their outstanding artistry.  But that is a sentiment bound to change with time, and quicker than most might expect as well. There is no question that eyes will continue …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020

It’s obvious that 2020 didn’t turn out nearly how anyone expected at the top of the year. With a global pandemic shaking things up, a pivotal presidential election coming to a head, numerous generational talents passing away, and racial injustice protests taking place across the country, it’s safe to say that this year was beyond unpredictable from even the most seasoned psychics. Nonetheless, Chicago persevered like only we know-how, bringing attention to these issues while also divulging into a plethora of other, more personal narratives in the form of music. Throughout the year, some mainstays in the city continued to impress us here at Lyrical Lemonade while other up-and-comers made some very valid, attention-grabbing claims as to why they’re the next rising star that deserves a place at the table. Also worthy of note, Chicago had some truly excruciating losses this year in terms of music legends whose work still shined through as some of the most impressive of the year, primed to carry on their legacy for years to come. All of that said, we’re more than excited to round this farfetched year out with Lyrical Lemonade’s Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2020. This is our 5th year bringing …

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 …

Trying – [Midwxst]

As pop’s new generation is beginning to see its landscape become more and more fleshed out and defined by the second, acts within this particular scene have a definite reason to come into their own element stylistically and sonically alike. Carving a certain niche for oneself is not only a necessity, but practically a given at this point within the most astute and promising artists who make up that aforementioned landscape in itself. Among the best examples of this notion in full effect is the ever-progressing Midwxst, who has already proven himself as a purveyor of the scene time and time again, and seemingly achieved the art of “coming into his own” with his latest album Secrets. Though that project will end up being considered one of this year’s absolute best from this burgeoning crop of talents, it certainly is not the be-all-end-all for the artistic impact that the 17-year-old Indiana prodigy is looking to make moving into the future. The next logical step for him is to progress onwards into new avenues as he has consistently done throughout his entire career up to this point; as quickly as can be, that step has already been taken with his newest …

Savior – [Exodus1900] x [Saturn]

The pure malleability that young acts hold in regards to the rising, upcoming state of pop music moving forward has been arguably its most defining facet from an overall standpoint. Artists working within the genre in our current times have an untapped and limitless approach to tackling whatever sound and/or style they would like on any given occasion, and the resounding quality and success alike from this sentiment has produced some of the most unique music to ever grace the genre in its history. Even the most unorthodox and traditionally off-the-cuff stylistics can become as appealing as ever due to this notion being so apparent, and it is safe to say that an act like Exodus1900 has made a career this far from doing exactly that. Their abrasive, yet all-too-entertaining and talent-ridden approach to the worlds of hip-hop and pop alike has produced some of the most outstanding offerings from this wide and endless scene all year long, and each track that has succeeded the last within his discography has come to impress even more than the last. Following suit is their latest single “Savior” — a collaboration with the ever-prolific Saturn over an instrumental produced by the trio of …

Secrets – [Midwxst]

One of the most telling signs of prolonged superstardom as a rising act in any given music scene is when that very artist successfully comes through with a full-length project that exemplifies all that they have worked towards leading up to said project in itself. It is a true moment of self-fulfillment — one that practically any iconic artist can say they have experienced at a single point in their career.  Accomplishing that feat is certainly one thing on its own, but we’re talking about something of a different story when that very project exudes nothing else but pure passion and creative integrity as a result of all of this work put in. Not only does this sentiment work to elevate the aforementioned concept, but it also makes the sheer quality of whatever project being discussed that much greater in the process. While it is quite clear that 17-year-old pop prodigy Midwxst infuses this exact sense of passion into literally every single track he comes through with, he has successfully gone above and beyond to achieve all that these previous descriptions have to offer in such graceful fashion with his debut album Secrets.  Over the length of 9 exceptional tracks, …