The world of post-dubstep electronic music has resulted in all sorts of fun derivations. As dubstep itself loses its luster and splits into sub-genres, tastemaker Diplo and his Mad Decent label have already set their sights on the next big thing for 2012: trap. Flosstradamus, Baauer, Lunice and Diplo himself, all Mad Decent affiliates, have been leading the charge this year when it comes to gangsta-rap inspired productions with a housey, trancy, wobbley twist. With machine-gun hi-hats and bitchslap snares, there is no need for gangster rappers over trap instrumentals: these productions are violent enough on their own. Just listen to a few songs on a nice system and you’ll be scrunching your face into a mean mug and punching the air once the drop hits. Nothing is making kids get dumber this summer than trap.
DJ duo Flosstradamus have been at the head of the trap movement, after years of mixing Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka with Alice Deejay and Sandstorm in the clubs. It’s only right for their own productions to reflect the same mash-up mentality. Total Recall is an excellent demonstration of how trap and trance can make sense together. The simple “hey” vocal samples really bring it together for me.
These guys borrowed heavily from the southern rap mixtape world, so much so that they even include common Trapaholics drops on their songs as a clever reminder of their inspiration. My new favorite thing they are using is common internet sounds like “Congratulations, you won!” Kind of a jokey nod to the meta-awareness of internet culture that fuels these guys. Here’s a pretty cool Lana del Rey remix.
Their Original Don remix for Major Lazer got a ton of play this year at SXSW. People really go crazy to this one when the drop hits. Run the trap!
Baauer is another Mad Decent signee who, after his recent Jeffree’s release, has been attracting a lot of attention from trap fans. His sound is more straight hip hop, dancey-style trap, with fun sound effects punctuating his high energy beats. I absolutely love the sassy “ok” vocal samples on Dum Dum. That track is just so understated with its finger snaps and spaced out percussion; he’s definitely got a distinctive sound. Samurai has a little emotion in the sped-up r+b vocals, reminiscent of a Clicks and Whistles UK bass vibe.
Lunice has been doing trap-style dance music for awhile. His collaboration with Hudson Mowhawke as TNGHT has a couple hard trap bangers with more of a UK feel. Higher Ground uses a trombone sample that is absolutely nuts.
City Star was one of the first trap-dance songs I heard. Young UK producer Rustie blew a lot of people’s heads off when his Glass Swords album dropped last year and City Star was a big reason why.
Trap is starting to get media coverage like on this blog over here and this post on Stereogum and here on a Miami newspaper blog. Even NPR had a featured trap song by Jeffree’s artist UZ.
Check out some more of my favorite trap-influenced dance songs out right now…Dayum son, where’d you find this?!?