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tellmewhatuwant – [aldn]

I feel like not a week typically goes past where I don’t write about something coming out of the hyperpop world, but this is something that truly excites me. Not only are these artists some of the most creative musicians in the entire music business, but they are also some of the hardest working, which is the main reason why I never have a shortage of releases to cover. When I first found myself exploring this new subgenre, I was fully entrenched with all of the indescribable styles being brought to life, and while I was blown away, I was also nervous that it could be difficult to continuously keep up with this level of inventiveness. Much to my surprise, I have yet to find myself bored by even a single song that has come out of this rising style, and my admiration for these artists grows daily with every new release that is put out into the world. One of the calmer and more intricate talents in the scene is aldn, but his explorative nature has led to some of my favorite songs of 2021 in general, not just in the hyperpop community, and I’m beyond amped to see …

HI – [diiiiiesel]

There are very few artists who have the power to drop something and instantly have my attention no matter what it is, where I’m at, or whatever mood I might be in. Certain names include hyperpop acts like glaive, ericdoa, midwxst, and aldn, but there are definitely other talents who I have no choice but to show love to when they drop. One of the more promising up-and-comers is diiiiiesel, and yes, that’s five I’s, but this is one of the least unique things about his music considering just how out of the box he approaches his creative process. I also love showing off hometown up-and-comers like him, because it’s artists like diiiiiesel that make me proud to be from Chicago, and he is undeniably pushing the boundaries of music with every new release he puts out into the world. What’s even more impressive is the fact that he is a one-man machine, not only delivering intriguing vocals, but also handling every other part of the process himself including production, mixing, and he even often creates his own cover arts as well, making sure that he has a hand in every single creative portion of his songs and projects. Although …

go away – [aldn] ft. [midwxst]

At this point, I’ve written copiously about Virginia’s very own aldn, but that’s because I simply can’t get enough. of the young star’s sound. He is a master of his craft, producing his own songs with ease while also making sure that his sound is unlike anyone else, but I think his vocals are where the tables are turned for the better. His instrumentals are always creative and out of the box, but the way he delivers his words is so unique, and when he adds in some different alterations to his voice to bring things to new levels, it’s simply game over. At just 20 years old, aldn proves time and time again that he is in a league of his own, and although some songs are more inventive than others, there’s never a record I listen to where I don’t firmly believe that he’s one of the best artists in this new, groundbreaking generation of music. Just a few weeks ago, aldn dropped off yet another impeccable EP entitled predictable that I haven’t stopped listening to since it dropped, but you can only imagine my excitement when I found out he teamed up with midwxst once again to …

m box – [aldn]

At this point in time, hyperpop shouldn’t be a new genre to anyone because it has been going stronger than ever since the beginning of the pandemic, and it only continues to build. One of my favorite parts of this subgenre is the fact that every single artist works their ass off to constantly bring something new to the table, releasing new music on a more regular basis than anyone else making music right now, and it’s always innovative and impressive. I also just love the fact that it seems like all of these artists are friends, and even if they might not know everyone on a personal basis, they’re just so accepting of everyone no matter what their story might be or where they came from. It should come as no surprise when I say that aldn is one of my favorites considering I write about him every chance I get, and today is no different because he just released his incredible EP predictable, and although I haven’t gotten a chance to listen all the way through yet, believe me when I tell you just how excited I am. With 7 more songs that add up to just over …

strangers – [ericdoa]

Back when I first heard the term hyperpop, I was honestly confused with all of the different sounds that the subgenre encompassed, but all I knew was that there were a few artists included under this umbrella that instantly became some of my favorites. At the same time, it just so happened that these talents were also good friends, so it was easy to get into different musicians based on the fact that they were all making similar styles yet sounded completely different from one another. Glaive, midwxst, aldn, and ericdoa were some of my early favorites, and after getting more and more familiar with them, I realized that in all honesty, none of them could release a bad song if they tried. Out of all of these names, eric might just be my overall favorite because of all the different genres he mashes together at once, but the way he pulls off these different styles makes me realize just how impressive he is, and that’s thanks to some of the producers he frequently works with. At this point in time, I’ve seen eric perform live twice, and I’m hoping to up this number as soon as I can but …

predictable – [aldn]

At this point, it’s no secret that my entire musical admiration is swallowed up by the hyperpop scene, and my love for this genre just keeps growing deeper and deeper as more artists come into the spotlight and release new music. Out of all of these new names, aldn is an artist who consistently remains at the top of my list of favorites, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. In a hyperpop world filled with insane energy and lively instrumentals, aldn is the equalizer because even though he sometimes showcases some inventive sounds and glitchy instruments into his production, he has this cool, even-keeled disposition that seems to bring things a bit closer to earth, even though his creativity is out of this world. Considering he began his music career in production and transitioned into providing vocals, he has a keen ear for sounds that will push the envelope without getting too insane, and once he throws his lyrics into a song, it’s game over. Earlier today, he decided to release a music video for his song “predictable” that came out yesterday, and while the record is obviously a huge success, the visual is just another amazing addition …

2ppl – [aldn]

I know I’ve been on a bit of an aldn kick as of recently, but after you tune into any single one of his songs, you should see exactly why. He’s making music unlike anyone else in the industry, not biting anyone else’s style while going in completely different directions with every release, and the reason why no one is replicating his sound is simply that it’s as close to impossible to copy as it gets. Not only this, but he usually always makes his own beats as well, getting experimental behind the production software in order to complement his incredibly diverse vocals as well. His greenhouse EP is one I constantly go back to, and I don’t see this stopping anytime soon. You can only imagine how pumped I was when I saw that he released a surprise video for his song “2ppl” directed by Kevin Neal, so I couldn’t help but continue my aldn article streak and share it with you all. While this song might’ve been one that took some time to grow on me more than some others, it has since become one of my favorite tracks on the project, and the video is a perfect …

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 …

dog eat dog – [aldn] ft. [renforshort]

When I was first introduced to the hyperpop movement a handful of months back, I was left speechless at all of the creativity and individuality that was being brought to life in this genre. While I know that word is a very controversial and not very welcome term for the genre by many artists, I just have no choice but to use it until someone else points me in the direction of a different label. As far as some of my early favorite artists go, I was absolutely enthralled by aldn’s sound from the moment I heard his song “glittr” because the gentle subtlety he used in his music connected with me on a level that was much deeper than music. Ever since, I have dived deep into his catalog of music and I have yet to be disappointed. That’s why, when I heard that he was releasing an EP entitled greenhouse, I literally couldn’t sleep because I was just so excited to listen. While I want to truly divulge my entire self into the 7 songs on this project before I give my official thoughts, I was even more pumped to find out that he made a music video …

glittr – [aldn]

Hyperpop has pretty much consumed my life over the past few months, and I constantly find out about new artists on a daily basis. Out of everyone I have come across, aldn has become one of my all-time favorite musicians for more reasons than I can count, and when I first heard his song “glittr”, I was undeniably sold. You can only imagine how over the moon I was when I found out he was dropping a music video for this hit, and I was even more excited to learn the fact that Daniel Jordan K and Overcast were taking the reins for this visual, so I had to share it with you all as soon as I possibly could. Opening up, aldn is sitting in the middle of a dark, empty room typing into an old computer before pressing a button to prompt the song’s drop. When this happens, he is transported to another dark scene where shiny green strands of tinsel drape behind him as actual glitter covers his face and hair. Obviously, glitter is a major part of this visual, but so is the color green which comes up again sporadically during a scene where he sits …