Big bass kicks, helicopter hi-hats, synths, and snares. Sounds like we’ve got a Dirty South hip hop jam on our hands. Or is this just the newest EDM subgenre? Made prevalent by artists such as T.I. and Young Jeezy, trap music is getting a closer look by some major players in the scene and being twisted by these top producers and influencers. Trap generally has a slow 75-80 BPM but seems much quicker because of rapid hi-hat patterns, snare rolls, and layered synths. These elements result in dramatic tracks with high energy that can be easily mixed into dubstep, hip hop, and everything in between.
Some of the major players in the trap scene include Mad Decent head Diplo and his buddies Flosstradamus (pictured above), who just recently released the trap-heavy EP Jubilation 2.0 on Fool’s Gold Records. Genre support also comes from Lunice, Melé, RL Grime, Machinedrum, and many other rising stars. Even huge dubstep acts like Skrillex are getting in on the fun, as anyone who’s seen him play live knows he loves to drop Ludacris’ Move B*tch in between his creations.
The tracks included here highlight the flexibility of the subgenre. Flosstradamus’ remix of Original Don is the best example of trap music, constantly evolving, sounding bigger and bigger with every drop. Make sure to check out the video below of Flux Pavilion dropping this remix on a screaming crowd in NYC. Trap On Acid by RL Grime is a fun trap-house take on Afrojack’s Pacha On Acid that will surely get widespread play throughout the year. My personal favorite, the Diplo & Lunice remix of Deerhunter’s Helicopter is a roller coaster of synth-heavy melodic trap, with big beats contrasting emotional vocals to full effect. Support from such huge names means that trap music is ready for a big breakthrough.