Trap

Artist: 
Anaughty
Label: 
Korp Records

Thee Instrumental (spelled so presumably to place emphasis on its supremacy over other instrumental albums) is an eight-track release from Atlanta-based DJ Anaughty that does a pretty good job at hyping up expectations. The piece of promotional literature praised Anaughty as channeling talents such as DJ Snake, DJ Khaled, S-Type, and Purity Ring... who, as some will be intimately familiar with, are essentially mutually exclusive.

Sounds Like: 
middle school GarageBand electronic
Sounds Like: 
DJ Khaled
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
10/14/2015
Artist: 
Fetty Wap
Label: 
RGF Productions

Trap Queens and Remy Boyz - these are the phrases that have defined Fetty Wap in popular culture. However, with his latest release, Fetty Wap brings the number of songs he's released to 20 or more. These songs, while sounding very similar to "Trap Queen", "679", and "My Way", are somewhat different in subject. However, I often had a dificult time telling one song from the next. This isn't to say I didn't enjoy listening to the album - Fetty is always fun to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
Fetty Wap
Name: 
Eric Newberry
Date Reviewed: 
10/03/2015
Artist: 
Hermitude
Label: 
Elefant Traks

Herimitude's newly released album Dark Night Sweet Light is a electronic, synth heavy, and bass booming piece of dynamic work. The opening tracks "Hijinx" and "Through the Roof" are examples of the different styles that Hermitude is able to pull off with ease. Hijinx relies on the simple snare beat and the synths to drive the rhythm, however gets more creative and experimental in the middle of song.

Sounds Like: 
Flume
Sounds Like: 
Chet Faker
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
09/29/2015
Artist: 
Jha Marie
Label: 
Boss Big Entertainment

Bad Chick is a banger! Much like Nicki Minaj's ~infamous~ Anaconda, Jha Marie talks about empowering women of all body types. It's a pretty classic dance song, with the trap-ish synths and bass that dominated the radio when I was in 8th grade (so 5, 6 years ago?). I like Jha Marie's flow and aggression, and I thought it all meshed well together. Bad Chick is really radio friendly and expertly cleaned soooo what are you waiting for? 

Sounds Like: 
t-pain, production wise
Sounds Like: 
katie got bands - bravado-filled, dance-able
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
09/11/2015
Artist: 
DonMonique
Label: 
n/a

I read about DonMonique in Vice or something. They were talking about how she is killing the game in the male dominated Brooklyn rap scene so I was like let me check this lady out. And -- as embarassing as this is -- Vice was totally right! Thirst Trap by DonMonique is pretty dominating. Listening to this EP is like swimming a backyard pool on a late june day in phoenix: lazy and luxurious, but you know if you didn't have this light blue water surrounding you, the sun would probably dehydrate you to death.

Sounds Like: 
a little like kendrick in the terse. creative, bass heavy production
Sounds Like: 
kinda like action bronson? somehow? less growly/yelly but similarly aggressive
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2015
Artist: 
Rihanna
Label: 
Roc Nation / Rihanna

 I've always been here for Rihanna, but I really like what this single means for the way her sound is ~hopefully~ going, which is in a more rap direction. And she says that she wants to do more authentic music so that's pretty exciting. Her voice has always been an interesting mixture of melodic and abrasive and she really uses the abrasiveness to her advantage in this trap-ish banger. It's consistently compared to Pour It Up, and with good reason. However, it has more grit and less luxury, which I like a lot.

Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Sounds Like: 
Travi$ Scot
Sounds Like: 
Pour It Up
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
04/29/2015
Artist: 
Jack Ü
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

At first, there were truly no words I could use to describe the absolutely immensity of this collaboration. Two of the biggest names in EDM, coming together to make an album? What??? To say the least, I was hyped. Jack Ü started with a highly praised single, Take Ü There, featuring recent vocal phenomenon Kiesza. It was a trap masterpiece, and make everyone way too impatient for more. The single also marked the birth of "Ü", the U-umlaut that makes the brand of Jack Ü unmissable.

Sounds Like: 
Skrillex
Sounds Like: 
Diplo
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2015

SV8

Artist: 
S-Type
Label: 
LuckyMe

I honestly wasn't sure whether to classify this EP as hip hop or RPM, because it blends both. The music is almost entirely instrumental, and the beats are extremely well-produced. It is a banger. There is very little anticipation that is normally found in electronic music--it doesn't have huge builds that drop into a sparkly synth melody. This is all hard. It's deep, hitting bass that would blow out your speakers a lot easier than most electronic on the market.

Sounds Like: 
Hudson Mohawke
Sounds Like: 
Rustie
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2015
Artist: 
Lazy Boyz
Label: 
Elysian Records

This track differs from most trap by the mixing two different trap genres together. The chorus and build ups for "Falling" are very progressive, but the drop is as filty and festival as you can get. Definitely a good change of pace banger. 

Sounds Like: 
Haterade
Sounds Like: 
Contrvbvnd
Sounds Like: 
Major Lazer
Name: 
Alex Topete
Date Reviewed: 
02/20/2015
Artist: 
A$AP Ferg
Label: 
N/A

Quick note on the non-airable tracks:  ONLY the KAMP burned version is consistent with this, since the gorgeous André cleaned it except for those two tracks.  If you’ve got your own version, be mindful of that and use the KAMP version!

Sounds Like: 
Who else can compare?
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
01/20/2015