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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 …

4WD – [Nick Thomas]

Making his Lyrical Lemonade debut, Nick Thomas  is a 22 year-old artist from Los Angeles, California. Thomas ambitiously unenrolled from NYU to pursue music as well as fashion modeling. Currently represented by One Management New York, Special Management Milan, and Vision Los Angeles, Nick has worked for clients such as Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Theory, and John Elliott. The saxophone specifically jumpstarted his career in music at the young age of ten, before Thomas began working professional music studios at age eighteen. Nick’s latest visual is for his song “4wd,” which is off his brand new album entitled Stop Motion. With intention to directly pay homage to LA nightlife and thrilling after-parties in the hills pre-pandemic, the track effectively asserts itself as a certified banger. Accompanied by several fun-seeking models, Thomas’ vocals reflect a bass-heavy, yet chill trap record fitting for your next late evening drive. Watch the official music video below, shot by Nick Thomas’ very own record label Half Past Records.

love u lately – [Laica]

The euphorically rich style of Laica returns to the digital pages of Lyrical Lemonade today for her new music video, “love u lately.” Capturing a romantic infatuation that leads to love potions, sleep darts, and a kidnapping, the Cooper Leith-directed video paints a humorous narrative that echoes the song’s love-spell story.  Brought to life by synth layered R&B production, Laica intimately details the difficult world of dating and how sometimes falling for someone and expressing that feeling is the hardest thing to do. Laica describes this grey area with precision, explaining the unrequited back-and-forth felt when trying to feel out a romantic situation. The new single and video come off of the impending release of Laica’s upcoming album, i’m so fine at being alone, set to release in June. Read what Laica had to say about her new song and video below, saying,  “‘love u lately’ is basically about the dating game and trying to figure out how the other person is feeling/thinking but getting mixed feelings so you do the same cause you reciprocate whatever energy or vibes they give you” Watch the new video for “love u lately” by Laica below.

Get Refreshed | Fishmonger Season, The Aj-Umru Connection, and EPs For Everyone

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Bernard Vernon fishmonger, Or, How To Be Today’s Perfect Album For Yesterday What do you call an album that sets out to do everything, and then does more than everything? I think I’d refer to an album like this as “one in a million,” but fishmonger also works just as well. We were promised quite an impactful project given the anticipation that came from underscores’ long-awaited solo return, yet none of us could have predicted the sheer ambition, flawless sonic balance, and masterfully-constructed songwriting that this album ended up exhibiting — all under the mantle of numerous sounds, styles, and overall creative dynamism within this 34-minute journey.  This is the first album to fully, and I mean fully, encompass what the decade of the 2000s means to those who grew up in it; it goes above and beyond what even the likes of 100 Gecs have been able to do inside that same arena. Everything is here, and it’s here en masse: the brightest points of pop’s teen-centric era, the emotionally-profound soundscapes of alt-rock and emo that laid …

Get Refreshed: The Importance of Astari, lei’s Hot Streak Continues, and Remembering The Month Of Uzi

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Bernard Vernon NOVAGANG (Feat. Funeral and Zee!): “HUNNID ROUND” Talk about the most obvious pairing to ever exist. Though the former is among the group’s longest-tenured members and the latter being recruited just this year, NOVAGANG’s very own Zee! and Funeral perform together like Magic and Kareem. Both these two have the ability to take on practically any style they’d like in a given moment, but the relentlessly brazen deliveries heard on tracks like “HUNNID ROUND” are perhaps where they shine brightest on a consistent basis. Every time these two take this particular approach, the resulting track always factors out to an experience that’s equal-parts intoxicating as it is poignant. Combined with exceptional production work from their collective’s now de-facto leader Stef, no track better exudes the group’s eternal mantra of “intensified simplicity” than what we have here. https://soundcloud.com/novaganghellsing/hundred   lei: “whatiswrongwithme?” Could someone please tell lei to just… miss? For once? I mean, we’re nearly 3 months into 2021, they’ve dropped almost 10 songs in this time, and not a single one hasn’t been a hit. What’s …

i wanna slam my head against the wall – [glaive]

Although I’m relatively new to the world of Hyperpop, it has pretty much ruled my world for the past couple of months. My brother put me onto some unbelievably talented artists, to begin with, and I’ve kind of diverged onto my own path where I’ve come across some of the most wildly underrated artists in the entire music scene. Out of all these talents, glaive is an artist that I legitimately haven’t heard a bad song from. In fact, I don’t think he could put out a bad song if he tried, and this has turned him into not only one of my favorite acts in Hyperpop but one of my favorite artists in the entire music landscape. Earlier today, he decided to release a track entitled “i wanna slam my head against the wall”, which he had previously teased in a snippet on Instagram and I couldn’t be more excited. Produced by a slew of talented hitmakers including Glasear, Kid Icarus, cashheart, Whethan, and youngkimj, they incorporate a variety of sounds lead by a heartfelt guitar melody, some crisp hats and claps, and some smooth bass drums that are taken to new levels throughout the hook as Hyperpop tracks …

Rutracker – [Twikipedia] + [lei] + [Kid Trash]

Not a single day passes in which the digicore scene fails to innovate, progress, and impress. It’s a daily process that never lets up, and it’s all due to the fact that artists within this scene are continuing to abide by its core values — the most relevant of those in this instance being that there are no rules attached to individualized art.  That sentiment makes itself apparent in how each new song from a given act tends to differ stylistically in one way or another; it’s a trait that extends to essentially every act working within the scene. With that being said, of course it would extend to one of the community’s most standout members in Twikipedia. The teenage phenom has taken this approach to its most effective extremes with just about every single offering they’ve come through with, but their most recent single has arguably furthered things to their loftiest levels yet.  That track comes in the form of “Rutracker,” and it is not without some help from some of their fellow scene talents in the process. The consummate hitmaker Kid Trash teams up with the rapidly-rising lei in joining Twikipedia on vocals here, while 3ds, another newly …

Sylph Fossil – [Iglooghost]

Iglooghost has made a career out of making the unimaginable come to life. This generational talent cemented their place as one of the 2010s most eclectic, prolific, and simply gifted production forces of the entire decade — applying their untouchable takes on deconstructed club music, ambient pop, and beyond to a number of remarkable EPs and singles alike.  Though this once-in-a-lifetime production force certainly accomplished more than the average contemporary could in this past decade – including a seminal full-length offering in 2017’s Neō Wax Bloom – they have wasted next to no time at all in kicking off this new decade with an incredibly long-awaited follow-up to that aforementioned album.  This following project will come in the form of Lei Line Eon — a 10-song experience that is set to be even more conceptual and thematic than its predecessor was in its own wake. With such a promising occasion on the horizon, only the utmost ideal tracks could ever serve to tease towards what is set to be a fittingly momentous project to come on April 2nd of this year. To say that “Sylph Fossil” meets all of these expectations would be a telling understatement to say the least. …

a song i made for u, friend – [lei]

For as many collectives as there are within the ever-present digicore scene, their dominance brings with them far more positive facets than negative ones from a baseline perspective. Though these groups can confuse and/or overwhelm many via their sheer quantity across the scene, the fact that so many once-undiscovered talents can come to light due to joining any number of them is more than a fair trade for these detractions.  That exact sentiment applies directly to rising 15-year-old standout lei. Being relatively unknown during the beginning stages of their career, they have seen their stocks rise immensely due to becoming associated with a trio of collectives in Co-op, worldonlockdown, and 2k3. Besides being tapped in with the already-established talents that make up these collectives, lei was also conversely given the platform to let their artistry shine on a worthy-enough level compared to their place before.  And they are wasting no time in relishing these opportunities; they have come through with a recent outpouring of jaw-dropping singles that have solidified their rising status within this scene in full effect. It’s a string of hits that have since culminated in “a song i made for u, friend” — perhaps their absolute best …

Rushing In – [Lucas Redding]

Chicago native Lucas Redding nets his first Lyrical Lemonade impression with a stunning debut single titled “Rushing In.” Despite only being eighteen years of age, Redding’s sound is professionally mature beyond his years. Incorporating a thrilling electric guitar with chilled indie-inspired vocals, “Rushing In” serves as the perfect Friday anthem that invites listeners to enjoy the leisure’s of life. Stating that he has nothing to lose, I look forward to hearing more from Lucas this year as he continues to ‘roll with the wind.’ Stream “Rushing In” by Lucas Redding below!