I was completely unaware of this until now, but Danny Brown and Johnson&Jonson are teaming up to put out a project soon. For those of you that don’t know, Johnson&Jonson is the duo consisting of Blu and Mainframe who have been putting out some really exciting and underrated experimental and psychedelic rap albums for a while now. For this project, entitled Danny Johnson, Johnson&Jonson will be handling the entire production end of the project, and Danny Brown will be in charge of the verses. For this first taste of the upcoming project, Blu and Mainframe laid down a pretty mellow beat, and Danny Brown’s verse complements it. Danny has gotten a huge amount of attention for his eccentric, high-pitched voice so people some times forget that that is only one of Danny’s many styles. For this track Danny chose to use a more mellow tone that might remind you of a track like “EWNESW” and it works extremely well. It would be an understatement to say that I’m just excited for this project to come out.
Two of our favorite future trap producers and, members of the increasingly notorious Boston crew M|O|D, Trap Arnold and C.Z. just teamed up to put out an EP together. Although the two producers have different and distinct styles, they share many of the same influences, and the places where those influences overlap come out very strongly in this EP. Although the same trap drums with heavy bass kicks and rolling hi-hats are still present throughout the EP, the instrumentation on it sounds more like something out of a house or baltimore club song. You can stream my favorite song from the EP below, and hit the jump to stream the whole EP and link to bandcamp to buy it for a cool $5.
After his awesome remix of Main Attrakionz’s “Perfect Skies”, Oakland producer OSØ is back with a remix of A$AP Rocky’s lead single “Goldie”. In Rocky’s typical Houston-influenced style, OSØ gives “Goldie” the chopped and screwed treatment, but also adds a lot more to it. Adding some 8-bit synth chords and melodies, OSØ manages to turn Rocky’s brag rap anthem into an introspective sounding song, that sounds much more like music you would listen to after a party than during it. This is also a submission to a remix contest, so make sure to vote for OSØ starting August 29th HERE.
If you ever heard the beats on Color Plus’ Cerulean Dream and thought some of them sounded perfect for rapping over, today is your lucky day. Color Plus just teamed up with a rapper who I don’t know much about, Ghost Row, and The Up-Turn veteran Sidewalk Kal. The song consists of a classically Color Plus-sounding beat with ambient synths and a stumbling but well-crafted drum track, with a short verse from Ghost Row that serves as a great introduction, and closes with an absolutely vicious verse from Sidewalk Kal. The track was also released with the video above which starts out with some pokemon nostalgia before venturing into the more abstract, with screwed up clips from a Nickelback video. This is my introduction to Color Plus as a rap producer, and it is definitely leaving me wanting more.
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.
M|O|D makes the trap music of the future, but there can’t only be one type of music in the future. With “sweet n sour”, friends of M|O|D, MVSCLES, have just invented a new type of future music. The simple vocals in “sweet n sour” sound reminiscent of some type of campfire song you might have heard a camp counselor play you when you were a kid, but other than that “sweet n sour” is futuristic all the way. With a looped synth pattern that suddenly explodes into a complete banger between short vocal lines and causes the listener to instantly put on their best screw face, “sweet n sour” sounds like what the camp counselors of the future will play to campers while sitting around a camp fire-shaped LED and looking up at the stars… from Mars. The future is looking bright.
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.