I didnt even know what Trap music was until after I’d already started listening to it–I just thought “oh, electronic gettin all gangsta and shit…” cool, I’m into it. Now tons of blogs and artists are blowing up with this new sound. It just makes you wanna get nasty. The definition of trap music on urbandictionary is actually superb:
Trap music is based on use of the 808 Roland drum machine, pitched and re-sampled hiphop/rap vocals, pipe flutes, gangsta synth leads, and various FX. Similar to rap without the main vocal, Trap music has been gaining lots of attention from major DJ’s and labels. Although, the style originated many years ago, Trap music has recently been making a new school comeback in many new forms such as “Trap”, “Chirp”, “SeaPunk”, “PsyTrap”, and “TrapStep”. Earliest known examples can be found by artists such as Triple Six Mafia, UGK, Swisha House, and Gucci Mane. Tempos range widely from 135-175bpm which is uncommon for most major genres of electronic dance music (EDM).
In laymen’s terms, Trap music would be best described as a recipe:
1/3 hip hop (tempo and song structure similar) – however vocals are usually pitched lower or higher
1/3 dubstep (similar drum arrangements, different builds and drops)
1/3 dub (Low frequency focus and strong emphasis on repetitiveness throughout a song)
The result is the best of both worlds, and some really good tracks. Ive already posted some of my favorite trap remixes: Adventure Club’s “Retro City (LOUDPVCK Remix)” and Crystal Castles’ “Baptism (Sound Remedy Trap Remix)”. If you haven’t heard them yet, get on it. The following are also worth checking out:
Annies Theme (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)-Afrojack… I have legit almost started dancing on the subway to this. Definitely like a Halloween vibe, but you’ll bounce to that bass, guaranteed.
Reaching Out (Udachi Edit)-Nero…you could say the bass in this song sounds like a microwave is about to explode, but I dig it anyway. Love that drumwork too.
Rollup (Baauer Remix)-Flosstradamus. Thudding bass, sirens, whistles, a cough (?!), all put to good use in this thuggin track.
Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix)-Kanye West. Get the party started already.
This doesnt even scratch the surface, so get get your hands on some more Baauer (Harlem Shake EP, for example), Flosstradamus’ XO EP, and LOUDPVCK’s work. Trap is basically the next big thing in EDM, and you’ll definitely be seeing more of it here in the future.