In my Heineken column this month, I wrote about trap, that subgenre of rap music that has made its way into jump-around fun electronic tunes. My piece serves as a beginner’s guide of sorts starting with crunk, heading towards Lex Luger productions, finishing with the up-to-date release this week of the TNGHT EP ( you can also hear some of influence on the drums on the Purity Ring album).
Trap music has a variation of the following elements:
Synths that stab the track like fat brass, chattering rapidfire hi-hats, crisp snares, deep 808 kickdrum bass, pinging high-pitched synth melodies, twisted orchestral samples, bright, tinny and layered drum patterns.
While you’re reading this, you could do worse than hit play on any of the trap mixes which will give you an overview of what’s happening right now in the electronic trap sphere so to speak.
Flosstradamus – Diplo & Friends BBC Mix *DIRTY*
TNGHT Mix for Diplo & Friends on BBC Radio1 (July 14th 2012)
ElectroJams.com Presents: Trap 101 (Hosted by Derek Sabiston)
Flosstradamus Mix For Live For The Funk
Trap Music Mix by P-Town
Beat Mob Trap Mix