When he’s not safeguarding the Sorcerer’s Stone or ensnaring the Golden Snitch, this young British wizard turns to synthesizers to perform his alchemy. At a meager 16 years, Muramasa has already fostered the creative command to turn his productions into gold. The stand out track from his inaugural EP, aptly named “Midas Touch” is the best showcase of his sonic sorcery. Hinged on minimalist percussion merged with a sharp bassline, Muramasa demonstrates an unexampled experimental style comparable only to Hudson Mohawke. Download his EP in full below.
Nari & Milani’s ”Atom” may have been released nearly a year ago, but its rattling drop still pervades the dusky atmosphere of after-hour night clubs and festivals alike. While countless previous anthems have been turned over into sprawling trap renditions with varying results, dubstep producers Spenca and AFK’s transformation of “Atom” is one of the best. The collaborators manage to not only preserve the clacking intensity of the drop, but somehow amplify its subsonic magnitude to a new level. With an expedited breakdown and alternating drops, Spenca and AFK’s trap remix may just re-inspire your infatuation with “Atom.”
Before I go ahead and even begin this review, I’m going to be up front and admit that I may be the slightest bit biased on this one. Full disclosure: I love everything that Heroes x Villains produces, and this new remix of Borgore and Carnage’s “Incredible” is certainly no exception. The Dirty South duo has once again taken a traditionally clear-cut electro house single and, how shall we say, given it the business–effectively transforming the ear-shattering original into a truly nasty trap remake.
While winter storm Nemo tears its way across the northeast, Zeds Dead has taken to unabashedly tearing things up in the studio, all for your listening pleasure. Designed to keep you raging on these next few cold and lonely nights while that dastardly snow flexes its muscles, this latest mashup from the dubstep kings will no doubt help you stick it to that pestering cabin fever and will let it know exactly where to send all of its depressing woe. Comprised of blistering tracks from a range of artists including Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead themselves, and more, the hour long “Snowstorm Mix” is sure to keep you moving on your feet and generating some serious heat for every last second, which may be necessary for those of you who end up losing power.Posted by
If you’ve enjoyed the recent wave of chill trap that’s been featured on Dancing Astronaut – à la Aylen’s remix of “Fix You” and Victor Niglio’s remix of “Ode to Oi” — you will love what Sound Remedy has done to Lana Del Rey’s ”Video Games.” While the original was one of the most remixed tunes of 2012, Sound Remedy pays tribute to both the songstress and the burgeoning trap movement by providing a catchy, polished rendition.
While many trap songs get docked as being too minimal, Sound Remedy’s remix of “Video Games” elegantly evades the stereotype. Lana’s lovely vocals are complimented by sparkling, effervescent synths, as well as a fitting 8-bit melody. If you enjoy the remix, grab it for free from Sound Remedy’s Facebook.
TJR’s “Ode to Oi” was undoubtedly one of the coolest track tracks of November (it even made our Top 10), as its unique bassline effortlessly rides the line between dutch and acid house. Just as he did with Carnage on their remix of “Cannonball,” Victor Niglio has transformed “Ode to Oi” into a thumping trap anthem. Ramping up the tempo to 140bpm, Victor Niglio preserves TJR’s catchy acid-dutch drop while incorporating lovely string play. There is definitely something “ethnic” about the track, from the Spanish classical guitar, to the “oi” chanting, to the rattling hi-hats. While the response to his and Carnage’s trap rendition of “Cannonball” may have been lukewarm, Victor Niglio’s take on “Ode to Oi” is assuredly a winner. Download it for free from SoundCloud.
Chris Martin’s euphonic vocals beg to be remixed. There is something about a Coldplay tune that can harmoniously counsel a depressed man off a ledge and animate your 90 year-old grandmother into a fleeting can-can. Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Avicii, and Datsik have all offered their own electronic accent to the British virtuoso and now its Aylen’s turn. With his remix of Zedd still buzzing in our ears, Aylen decided against filibuster-ing his fans; wasting no time in presenting us with a remix of “Fix You.” It’s not often a Coldplay remix will take the form of serenity-step. A traplicious masterpiece, Aylen caresses the senses by way of kicks, snares, and hi-hats. If you can forestall the inevitable euphoric stupor, brace yourself for Aylen’s symphonious outro.
Dancing Astronaut‘s number 1 track of November just got trap-sized. If it’s big-room house with enough echoing synth to fill the Rungrado May Day, we can expect Carnage to blitz the beat with sweeping builds, 808s that sing, and a drum pattern so hood you can’t help but say, “Damn son, where’d ya find this?” Spearheading the festival trap movement, Carnage has received support from Tiesto, Hardwell, A-Trak, and Diplo with reworks of “Spaceman” and “Epic.” It was only a matter of time before Showtek and Justin Prime’s “SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT WHEN THE MOTHER F*&KING BEAT DROPS” breakdown was revamped. Alongside the Questlove-cut Victor Niglio, the “Cannonball” festival trap remix packs enough afro-punch to level Afrojack himself. Add this to your Trapper Keeper, bro.
Datsik went on a trap binge this weekend, reinventing the womps and wobbles of two of his original songs: “Swagga” and “Bonafide Hustler.” “Swagga” has been getting play time during his Firepower tour and live videos from the event indicate that the reaction has been appropriately massive. While many of Datsik’s productions are too hard for this dubstep weakling, these trap remixes feel fine when banging down my eardrums. Both tracks are available for a free download.Posted by
As we predicted it would, Minnesota’s Altered States EP delves deep into the more psychedelic and transcendent elements of dubstep. Tracks like “Yoga Pants,” “Tokyo,” and “Indian Summer” feature conspicuous trap percussion, before veering into powerful, analog synth-driven drops. “To the Floor” and “Float” maintain a distinct glitch hop feel, showcasing Minnesota’s penchant for hip hop. On the whole, the EP is a clean, well-wrought conception: an amalgam of dubstep, trap, glitch hop, and ambient. Pick up the entire EP for free from Minnesota’s website, and get lost in his slick, soporific basslines.