Though centered around FL Studio produced beats, Yung Scuff’s influences come unmistakably from rock bands of the mid to late 2000s golden years. On his EP “YUNGSCUFFONLINE,” however, the scene tinged artist opts for an ode to the pop of the era, working with accomplished underground producer Curtains.
The first track, LY2, featuring friends Lil Narnia and Shyburial, immediately starts with the saccharine, bubblegum-bass inspired beats known increasingly as “hyperpop.” Scuff’s pitched up voice also seems indicative of entry to this genre, but as the backing screams come in, it’s clear the song is more crunkcore than glitchcore. With near breakdown inspired synths and passages of brutal screaming between sugarsweet pop, Scuff yet again reconciles two forms of one genre, bringing his own nostalgic spin to the increasingly popular “hyperpop” style. Lil Narnia’s unmistakable emo vocals also add to this dichotomy as he sings in the upbeat style, yet his influences continue to shine through crystal clear. It’s like a genuinely enjoyable Brokencyde. “Sour Candy 3000” is a pretty similar idea, as Scuff sings subtly emo-tinged dance vocals over a Curtains beat, yet again bringing in the backing screams to make the ode to bands like Breathe Carolina and 3OH!3 unmistakable. The moments of almost nightcore-pitched vocals add an extra dash of scene to the mix while still being easily indicative of hyperpop experimentation.
The initial instrumental for “I Hope I Learn My Lessons,” yet again produced by Curtains, could be straight from an amanaguchi song, featuring unmistakable chiptune synths. It is, yet again, an interesting way to incorporate elements of in this case video game music from the time this EP harkens back to. Vocally, Scuff Sings in a way that is more evocative of the 2000s than anything so far. This song could absolutely have been someone’s Myspace display song in 2008–2012, and while it doesn’t incorporate the crunkcore screams, there’s something unmistakably aqua dunks and pink shutter shades about it. “Die Young Online,” a cover of Ke$ha’s “Die Young” is the final and perhaps most interesting song on the EP. With production from Curtains and Retrocannon, the cover track is given an extra kick of both modernity and more underground 2000s stylings, while still channeling the energy Ke$ha brings. It’s the perfect choice of cover, catchy, recognizable and the epitome of dance-pop in 2012. The choice of the scene-adjacent Braxton Knight to the rapping parts was a clever choice on the part of Scuff, as he amps up both the modern spin and even earlier 2000s nostalgia, with the cherry on top being some finishing backing screams from Scuff himself. As these underground microgenres continue to come full circle, projects like this put a modern spin of music that has nearly disappeared from the past.