Over the course of 2012, Connecticut’s own Color Plus became one of our favorite young producers and is the beat maker behind CT’s finest hip-hop duo Ghost Row. On his latest track “Tentacle Headlock”, Color Plus steps away from the ambient trap-tinged style that has defined his style for a murky synth led beat accented with howling wolves and 808s. Appropriate for the stylistic detour, the track features UK’s “apocalyptic synth junkie” Joey Prolapse. Prolapse’s flow conforms to the anxiety ridden vibe of the beat with a dead pan flow that hovers between absolute confidence and crazed lunacy. The Final Fantasy 7 reference is only an added bonus.
We’ve been following the UK producer Kings for a while now as he’s grown and matured his 808-based sound. What has always set Kings apart has been his ability to capture subtly-stunning and gorgeous moments and place them in the unexpected context of a trap-styled hip-hop beat. The Krap EP has Kings pushing instrumentation with compositionally rich and lush tracks. None of the songs of Krap feel like unfinished trap-minded thoughts that are so easy to find on soundcloud these days, instead Kings showcases his incredibly knack for synthesizing musical elements that wouldn’t ordinarily work together. Stream two of my favorite tracks below and check out all of Krap after the jump.
Promising a “new sad club song for sad ravers in dark environments”, M|O|D member Rewrote continues to experiment beyond future-trap with his newest track ‘o Rain’. Rewrote set lofty expectations for ‘o Rain’ and I wasn’t sure if the poetic description would match the content but the track absolutely delivers with an atmospheric, gorgeous and huge sound. On ‘o Rain’, Rewrote works with the same walking down a city street at 4 A.M. vibe done so well by producers like Burial and DJ Shadow without directly taking from either of their playbooks. The clean and beautifully produced drum tracks shift around, never settling into a solid grove behind the muted synth arpeggios and ghostly sampled vocals. Rewrote has changed locations from Boston M|O|D headquarters and, whether or not the change of scenery has anything to do with it, I’m really liking how he’s been refining and defining his sound.
Atlanta production duo HYDRABADD has had a pretty unique come up in that they kind of came out of no where. With most soundcloud beat makers you can look back through their history of tracks and see a huge amount of improvement from their first few, but not with HYDRABADD. They pretty suddenly popped up about a month ago with the straight up banger “Hologram Wrist” which we featured in our Eat Your Beaties segment and was eventually turned into an awesome pokemon-refferencing track by Raiden Major. This morning the duo finally released a full project in the form of the DIΛMOND SPECTRUM EP, and it is everything we hoped for. This EP is full of extremely clean southern-rap influenced beats that display a talent for synth work these guys have that is nothing short of incredible. You can stream one of my favorite tracks from the EP below, and hit the jump to stream and download the whole thing.
Just because Arnold is moving away from the label of “Trap” (a decision I completely agree with), doesn’t mean he isn’t still the king of pitched 808 kicks. After releasing M|O|D IVArnold is taking no time to rest by immediately releasing this banger specifically for the ladies. Stepping a little bit away from the more experimental sounds of M|O|D IV, it sounds like most of the effort in composing this track went towards making it smooth as butter. Arnold sticks to basics with a short vocal sample, and one of his best drum tracks to date. Stream and download the track below, and turn the bass on your speakers all the way up for maximum enjoyment.
First impressions are everything and UK rapper Dvnny Seth is pulling off one hell of a first impression with ‘Prespliffs’. After giving us all the summer bangers we could have ever asked for, Treekeeper is back to provide Dvnny the perfectly energetic instrumental to layout his crazed, cartoonish persona that comes across like everyone’s favorite adderall injected Danny Brown. Sure, by dedicating most of his rhymes to the green stuff, Dvnny isn’t breaking any new ground lyrically but the way he delivers his verses with an incredibly thick, confidence-laced accent with a clear grime influence is something that isn’t easy to pull off. M|O|D associated rapper Pradda steals the track though with the best verse I’ve heard from him yet. The coolest thing about this track is that it clearly wouldn’t have been possible without the internet as it connected two rappers and a producer across two countries. That’s pretty darn cool.
Since dropping their thoroughly banging EP, dynamic duo TNGHT has been fairly quiet, giving the music time to set it, and letting the earthquakes caused by the 808′s in their tracks settle down. Suddenly, they are back full speed with a remix of one of Waka Flocka’s calling cards off of his new album Triple F Life. The duo have played this live at a couple of shows, but now they have just released the CDQ version of the track on iTunes and it is more bangin’ than ever. Unsurprisingly, TNGHT’S trap drums that Waka Flocka’s music inspired, fit in extremely well under his vocals, and match his ridiculous amount of energy. You can stream the low quality version below ripped from a mix, and then link to get the full quality version (which actually makes a huge difference) on iTunes.