A mere month ago, Grandtheft released the infectious future bass/pop ballad “Square One.” The Toronto mixer shows no signs of slowing down as he is already back with the release of another new track, “Aaron’s Theme.” Forsaking the bubbly approach on “Square One” for a more cavernous trap texture, Grandtheft proves once again that he can dabble in multiple genres.
Complete with blaring horns and a forthright structure, “Aaron’s Theme” is reminiscent of trap music’s nascent years and makes no conceited effort to include unnecessary production elements. With only the bare essentials, Grandtheft has unveiled a stripped down festival gem.
Illenium‘s breakout arguably career occurred when the Denver-based melodic producer was named winner of Kaskade‘s “Disarm You” remix competition. Fast forward three years, and Nick Miller continues to rise to domination on the festival circuit — most recently bringing his Awake Tour to Dallas’ Lights All Night and San Diego’s OMFG! New Year’s Eve Festival.
While in Southern California, Miller awed his NYE crowd as he unleashed quite the heavy-hitting surprise during his notable Kaskade remix. Armed with an ODESZA-influenced trap style drop, followed by 808 kicks in halftime, the live video edit (above) is being dubbed Illenium’s VIP remix. In so doing, Illenium further poises himself as an artist focused on taking a living approach to his live performance, all the while proving that he’s not just interested in pressing play, but pushing the boundaries of his sound and experimenting with evolving styles.
What can be said about DJ Craze that Pete Tong doesn’t cover in his introduction to the Miami-based veteran selector’s debut Essential Mix? Hailed by the host as, “one of the most technically gifted DJs, ever,” Tong goes on to highlight Craze’s three consecutive DMC world champion crownings, undoubtedly solidifying the Slow Roast Records founder’s spot in the highest echelons of the DJ ring of honor. From there, the turntablist quickly descends into two hours of elbow-throwing trap, hip-hop, and breaks spanning a spectrum that covers Skrillex to Vince Staples, Noisia to Kendrick Lamar with so much in between.
Craze’s Essential Mix leaves no room for subtlety –– fake DJs should feel personally attacked. Putting on a rare lesson in “real DJing,” Craze has clearly forgotten more about Technics than most professional DJs will ever learn in their lifetimes.
Cuts from A Tribe Called Quest and Mobb Deep seamlessly rub shoulders with material from Ricky Remedy, Ekali, and RL Grime, all weaved together with masterful, flawless scratch routines. Craze reiterates exactly why he’s unequivocally carried the scratch DJing torch throughout his decorated career, dropping off one of the sharpest Essential Mixes of recent memory.
Canadian trio, Keys N Krates, has dropped off a chill new trap cut in honor of Canada’s Boxing Day. Keys N Krates’ new album Cura is slated to arrive next year, and the trio turned to the holiday to release an infectious new “Flute Loop” track.
“Flute Loop” is a compelling arrangement of Keys N Krate’s earworm-inducing capabilities. With an even chiller melody than the beloved, lighter KNK tracks — ones like “Glitter,” or “Dum Dee Dum” — the three imbue electrifying hi-hats and snake a vibrant vocal sample underneath. “Flute Loop” is thus a melody that deserves to be thrown on in rotation.
Lido has broken through to the mainstream in recent times, garnering critical support for his releases of Portugal, The Man’s seminal pop track “Feel It Still” and a massive collaborative effort with THEY on “Not Enough.” These singles came after a slew of forward-thinking outputs over his years in music that had already made the burgeoning talent a must-watch.
Now, the Norwegian producer has released an official remix of Kris Wu’s sleek single “Deserve” featuring Travis Scott. Scott’s atmospheric vocals act as a heady backdrop to Lido’s saturated bass lines and spaced out synths; the track is a pointed example of why Lido’s artistic progression continues to fuel his global notoriety.
Former Flosstradamus member YehMe2 has also released a funk wave house remix of the track, which features popping synths and instrumental drums that play like an indie dance track.
Atlanta-based trap and bass producer Hayden Kramer, better known by his sobriquet Herobust, is back with his first release since September with “Blockbuster.”
Unconstrained by the constructs of genre, Herobust busted onto the trap scene with a mission to synthesize core elements of screeching bass music and Atlanta trap music. On “Blockbuster,” Herobust uses an audio sample of a film being played and a low-pitched vocal sample ordering the listener to enjoy the show. By amalgamating dirty south-inspired drum kit sounds and synths rooted heavily in second-wave dubstep, Herobust captures listeners attention and leads them on a bass music voyage.
By all accounts, Zhu is having himself a career year. In 2017, the enigmatic beatmaker has already graced fans with a handful of aced remixes, a new EP, and a joint venture with Adidas. Now, just as the year draws to a close, Zhu continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. With the announcement of his New Year’s Eve Blacklizt party and pop-up shop in San Francisco, the Mind of a Genius producer also dropped off a stomping new original cut called “Jet The Doberman” for your listening pleasure.
The new tune is an elbow-throwing trap piece introduced by a lengthy build, halted by a plucky mid-track breakdown, capped with brassy horn stabs that would make TNGHT shed a proud tear. Complete with crisp hi-hat rolls and intriguing sample selects chopped throughout, “Jet The Doberman” is another one-two punch from Zhu before the year’s end. Safe bet to assume this one soundtracks a thunderous live entrance into 2018 for fans in attendance in San Francisco too.
For those who like hard drops and dirty chords, there are few bigger names than Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus. The two artists started teasing a collaboration after Josh Young and Curt Cameruci of Flosstradamus split this past summer, leaving Cameruci as the sole member of the moniker. Their collaboration, which is titled “Tern It Up” is finally here.
The track starts with trap chords, bass synths, and a build that ebbs and flows throughout the first half of the song. Electronic chords come in halfway through the track, heightening the energy and fall into a more elaborate trap drop. “Tern It Up” is a track built to be dropped during a set, and fans can expect to hear this one in the club for months to come.
GTA have always kept to a strict “death to genres” code, and generally, they’ve been able to disguise their production style around a wide variety of different sonics. There’s no doubt however that the Miami exports have a strong penchant for trap music, and when they deliver, it tends to go hard –– case and point, their newest piece alongside Falcons and Stush, “Buyaka.” LA’s Falcons, UK-based rapper Stush, and GTA all found their first pairing on a remix of 2015’s “What We Tell Dem,” and now the group has rejoined on a brand new original product that weaves Stush’s dubby spits through a turbulent trap beat that impressively complements the three producers’ bombastic styles.
The new track, which found its debut earlier this year in Falcons’ Diplo & Friends mix, stacks up multi-layered percussion behind patois-laced versework before dropping into a knocking break with a punchy hook. Stush’s heavy rhyme format grinds over Falcons’ and GTA’s stomping beat, blurring the gaps between trap, dancehall and hip-hop. “Buyaka” comes with a fitting A-Trak cosign, landing by way of Falcons’ longtime home imprint, Fool’s Gold Records.
Insomniac has released episode 138 of of their Metronome series. The series features “mixes from some of today’s fastest-rising electronic stars, as well as championed legends,” reads a statement from Insomniac. “It takes listeners deep across a wide range of genres, movements, cultures, producers, artists and sounds that make up the diverse world of electronic music.”
Episode 138 of the series features a mix from none other than Rickyxsan. The East L.A. dubstep producer and DJ has recently gained notoriety for his tracks, garnering support from the likes of Diplo, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Deorro, and more.
The mix features Rickyxsan originals, remixes, and a plethora of established and unknown tracks. Sit back, buckle in, and blast off: this mix is sure to energize.