The Up-Turn Presents: A Conversation With Trap Arnold

If you haven’t noticed yet, a new trend is sweeping through the electronic music scene.  The rolling hi-hats and pitched 808 bass drums of Southern hip-hop’s trap music are infiltrating the electronic music scene, creating a genre that many are calling Future Trap.  At the forefront of this genre is Boston’s extremely talented M|O|D crew which is a group of five young producers with similar ideas who have teamed up to make some incredible advances in the Future Trap genre.  Recently I had the pleasure of talking to one of my favorite members of M|O|D, Trap Arnold.  Trap Arnold’s eccentric and quirky nature doesn’t just come across in his music, but also his personality.  Hit the jump to read my conversation with him in which we discuss his musical influences, the origins of M|O|D, and yoga pants among other things.  Per usual, we left the interview pretty unedited and sprinkled some good tunes throughout for your listening pleasure.

-TC

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mp3: Aesop Rock – Pigs (Hanz Remix)

Hanz is back in the remix world, with a new remix of Aesop Rock’s personal anti-police anthem “Pigs”.  All of the sharp and heavy drums you expect from Hanz are here with an ominous synth melody in the background that perfectly complements Aesop Rock’s aggressive verses.  On top of all of this, Hanz even throws in a Beach Boys sample that throws the track into pure evil chaos in an awesome way.  This remix is the first taste Hanz is giving us of his upcoming sequel to one of the most impressive beat tapes I can think of (second only to Hanz’s Fire theif EP), Wealth Made Tension.  Stream the track below and be on the lookout for Wealth Made Tension Vol. 2 coming soon.

-TC

 

Color Plus – Cerulean Dream

There are certain artists that just can’t help but expand upon their genre, Color Plus is one of these artists.  Its been a while since the rolling hi-hats and pitched 808 bass drums of Southern trap music have infiltrated the electronic music scene, but I don’t think anyone has used them in their own specific context and style as well as Color Plus on Cerulean Dream yet.  Like Clams Casino, the only thing that keeps Color Plus’ music rooted in the ground and prevents it from floating into the world of completely abstract ambient music are his trap percussion tracks, but Color Plus differs from Clams Casino in that where Clams Casino’s beats often come off as heavy and dense, in between dreamy Zelda samples, Cerulean Dream seems paper thin, as if everything but the percussion tracks could melt away at the touch.  Its odd, but it seems the genre of Future Trap is already forming a spectrum; at one end the heavy, swagger filled beats of artists like M|O|D and at the other the airy music of Color Plus.  Stream the LP below, and then link to bandcamp below that to download with a “name your own price” option.  Favorite tracks include “Only.you”, “Ashore” and “Escape Rope”.

DOWNLOAD “CERULEAN DREAM”

-TC

mp3: Vince Staples & Michael Uzowuru – TRAFFIC (Feat. SK La’Flare)

Here is a new track from the dynamic duo that is Vince Staples and Michael Uzowuru, this time enlisting the assistance of none other than the trap legend himself, SK La’Flare.  For “TRAFFIC” Uzowuru provides a beat that combines aggressive and syncopated horn hits that give the track an opulent mafia-esque swagger, with a vicious synth blaring in the background.  As always, Vince Staples comes through with a couple of verses steeped in his swagger-heavy drug dealer personality, and La’Flare lays down a simple raspy hook that ties the track together with lots of confidence that will make any listener want to start dealing drugs.

-TC

Mixtape: M|O|D – M|O|D III

After a couple of very nice singles, Boston’s best, the M|O|D boys are back in a blaze of glory with a brand spanking new mixtape, M|O|D III.  The compilation opens up with a track from Trap Arnold, flaunting some of the most glorious horns you will ever hear in a future trap beat, and only goes up hill from there.  M|O|D III is packed to the seams with meticulously crafted future trap beats with all of the quirky synth lines, and screwed vocal samples you have learned to expect from M|O|D.  For some reason the idea of five producers with similar styles simply teaming up to put out compilations hasn’t been done too much before, but I hope people learn from M|O|D and start that out as a trend because I’m loving the way its worked out for them.  You can stream the compilation via bandcamp below, then link to their bandcamp to support good music and buy the album for a cool $5, or link to their soundcloud to download it for free until Friday (June 8th)

-TC

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Video / mp3: Flatbush Zombies – Face Off (L.S.Darko)

When Flatbush Zombies first blasted onto the blog rap scene with their video for “Thug Waffle”, I wasn’t so sure about them.  I liked the song, but it seemed like the Brooklyn Duo, one sporting a gold grill shaped like fangs, and the other blonde hair with a scraggly black beard, was focusing a little too much on image for me.  Since then, I’ve realized that by not being a fan of them because they look like the are focusing on their image too much is just a form of focusing on image too much myself.  This weekend, spurred by the zombie attack in Miami (The Up-Turn are big believers in the zombie apocalypse), they released a new track “Face Off” which is really really good.  “Face Off” has a fantastically simple and dark beat, and Meech (pictured above on the left side) absolutely tears the beat apart with two vicious verses that sound like he is ready to chew someone’s face off (get it?).  Stream and download below via Illroots.

UPDATE: Meech and Juice just released the video for the track which consists of Meech and a posse roaming around Brooklyn with 40′s, so hit the jump to watch that.

-TC

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mp3: Anthony Ellect – Vases

Ever since we were first put onto Anthony Ellect’s music, us folks over here at The Up-Turn have been really impressed with his consistent stream of unique electro-jams.  With “Vases”, Ellect is continuing that trend in a very nice way.  “Vases” finds Ellect manipulating a small arsenal of unintelligible, heavily-reverbed vocal samples into a base melody, and surrounding that idea with his usual well-crafted synthesizers and understated percussion.  “Vases” is the first leak off of an upcoming EP that Anthony Ellect is putting together right now, and only has us more excited about the possibility of a multiple-song project from him.

-TC