It can go without saying that no genre took the dance music world by storm in 2012 like trap music. Combining the swagger of hip-hop with the sub-bass of dubstep while sprinkling in tings of booty bounce and breakbeat, trap easily exploded onto the dance music scene with help from TNGHT, Baauer and Flosstradamus. A new sound in electronic music, trap is no new feat for the hip-hop world — with its strong history in southern styles such as Houston hip-hop and Dirty South. Aided by rising producers, the bridge between hip-hop and electronic music crumbled in 2012, creating a new bass genre for dance music and a new life for rap — proving “hip-hop is not dead.”AEI Media took note of trap’s new power and created the All Trap Music compilation featuring some of the biggest trap productions from 2012.
After the launch of their new bi-weekly show on Rinse FM, the LuckyMe collective/imprint kickstarted another residency on MistaJam‘s BBC Radio 1xtra show. The LuckyMe crew is slotted to supply the show with a series of hour-long sessions and Lunice set the series in motion this past Tuesday.
Lunice, one half of the production project TNGHT with Hudson Mohawke, started the show off with some of his infectious trap tunes before unloading his latest work “Liaison” onto his audience. The track, which is a sole Lunice production, begins with sweeping sub-bass before the Canadian producer works in babbling percussion and twinkling synths. Though “Liaison” does not veer far from the other productions we have heard from TNGHT, the tune is sure to be looped throughout trap sets.
Click below the break to listen to the trap pioneers “Liaison.”
Anyone who has seen Adventure Club live knows that their taste in electronic music goes beyond their penchant for melodic dubstep — the Montreal duo have an affinity for the entire spectrum of beautiful bass music. Releasing their first ever published mixtape, Adventure Club stay true to this idea, sculpting a thirty minute mix of delightful dubstep, trap, downtempo, and deep house for Life in Color (formerly known as Dayglow). With tracks from Flinch, TNGHT, Flume, Duke Dumont, and Disclosure, this is one of the most eclectic mixtapes we’ve heard in a while. In typical Adventure Club fashion, the mixtape is available for free download from their SoundCloud. Click past the break for the full tracklist and download.
Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the EDM acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe house music. It’s the least we can do.