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.
After a couple ofverynice 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)
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.
Beat Culture staring introspectively and PK eating
If you thought Beat Culture has been on a tear for the last year and a half or so that he’s been making music, just wait until two weeks when he becomes a high school graduate. To kick off the summer for us, Beat Culture has teamed up with Soundcloud producer Slow Magic to create a beautifully delicate song for us. Not only does “Once” perfectly layer pulsating synth chords with bouncing melodic bells, but it also incorporates a Beach Boys sample who were the masters of the summer song. Beat Culture and Slow Magic have also allowed the song to be downloaded for free on Soundcloud so download it, put it on your ipod (or whatever you use) and listen to it while on sunset bikerides, at barbecues, etc.
SBTRKT is one of the biggest forces in bass music right now, so it’s no surprised that the producer-centric blogosphere is going crazy over his latest leak ‘Gamelena’. Working more as an announcement that he’s working in the studio again than as a proper single, ‘Gamelena’ shows off some experimenting and tinkering coming from SBTRKT. With the bird chirps and the low croaking bass thrown in the mix, ‘Gamelena’ sounds like an electronic jungle at times… which is just as cool as it sounds. If this track really is just a teaser to what he has coming up, his next release is set to be great.
I am a huge fan of noise-punk rockers No Age, so when Sunik (a.k.a. Beat Culture) claimed Slates were like No Age I was incredibly excited. Slates is most certainly a lo-fi/trashy EP, however, it owes just as much to electronic music as it does to noise. Throughout the 5-tracks, Slates shows off an incredibly diversity and maturity in song writing. Some songs experiment in dubstep and even trance. Stream the EP below and download it for free over at their bandcamp.
This is a track that I completely missed the first time around, dropping last November, but with a track this good it’s better late than never. ’Hope’ is a minimal dub track that impressed me on the first listen. Everything is very stripped down and repetitive, however, for the 6 minutes Munchi adds subtle touches and flourishes that make it an incredibly stunning and interesting listen. The track was released on a mix called Blow Your Head Vol. 2, dedicated towards loud and bass-heavy music that might just make your head explode. While ‘Hope’ may seem out of place with it’s subtlety and experimentation, it’s exactly the kind of electronic that I’m really digging.