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Daily Archives: 05/14/2012

Future Trap is a very interesting idea.  It’s easy to dismiss a bunch of young producers who most likely belong to the middle-class trying to breathe new unique life into a genre born out of dangerous Southern slums and crime culture as a soon-to-pass “hipster trend”.  Although this may be true, I think the young genre has more merit and value to it than that.  Future Trap producers like C.Z. or Lil’ Texas are taking the rolling hi-hats, and more importantly the extremely high energy style of Trap music like Waka Flocka and introducing the synths, intricacies, and extreme attention to detail of electronic genres such as House and Bass Music to it, and I don’t see anything wrong with that at all.  C.Z. is one of my favorite Future Trap producers right now.  His aggressive behavior-inducing remix of Ace Hood and Rick Ross’ trap anthem “Realist Livin'” is simple yet energy filled and showcases an intricately and incredibly produced drum track, and his song “Wheezin Ed” shows how beautifully Trap beats and James Blake-esque synths can blend together.  Below you can stream C.Z.’s “Realist Livin'” remix and “Wheezin Ed” and link to his Soundcloud page below that…



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Excluding a few leaks and remixes, it has been just about a year since Gold Panda has dropped any new material.  Today, Gold Panda has finally returned with a new single ‘Mountain / Financial District’ which shows that the wait was worth it.  The oriental influences on stand-out ‘Mountain’ aren’t exactly hard to find.  The same eastern flavor that tinged his releases like Lucky Shiner are out in full force with less emphasis on the glitch and beat sides of his music.  Of course, this is still Gold Panda so plenty of glitch breaks up what would be a straight ambient soundscape.  The production on this track is probably the most noticeably change in Gold Panda’s sound.  The mesh of instrumentation sounds great on this release.  The mp3’s can be grabbed here and stream ‘Mountain’ below…


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Arguably the most sampled artist ever, Aaliyah and her music have been a major source of inspiration for the current music scene.  Taking on her track ‘Are You That Somebody’ which has been sampled in plenty of songs recently, Nvthlss just dropped one of the only proper Aaliyah remixes I’ve seen.  Replacing the Timbaland produced beat of the original with a much some laid back guitar work, Nvthlss manages to make the song all his own with plenty of new textures and sounds.


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