Thursday, March 7, 2013

Run the trap!

In the wake of the latest Internet craze "Harlem Shake", it's due time for some perspective on this whole trap thing. I mean, even my mom knows about Harlem Shake and subsequently have heard Baauer, my favorite Trap artist, before it went "Gangnam Style" on the Internet. I still love him, and he has a lot more to offer than stupid 30 second videos with teens acting normal and the really "crazy".

Long story short on trap. It started out many years ago in the deep south of US as a hip hop sub genre, but lately it has made it's way into the electronic realm, filling out the gap between hip hop and EDM, with Baauer, Grandtheft, Flosstradamus and UZ as it's main front runners. It's slower than moombah, about the same tempo as dubstep, dominated by lots of voice samples and it's very bass heavy, as the well known bass boom sound of the old Roland TR-808 drum machine is in it's core DNA.

In all the latest DJ sets I've heard recently, including Nicky Romero and Zedd, it seems obligatory to have a trap segment of 10-15 minutes, just like a year ago with Moombah. Trap seems to be the new black in bass music - let's see if it sticks!

Hardwell - Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)

Flosstradamus - Rollup (Baauer Remix)

Alex Metric - Rave Weapon (UZ Remix)

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