The most jam-packed edition of Womp Womp Wednesday to date – From Nero, Diplo, Skrillex, and A-trak to Ayobi, Robot Dentist , Artec, Kasbo, and plenty more.. This 17-track feature has several names you may recognize and several names you will want to recognize! One thing I can guarantee you will recognize.. is THE WOMP. Cheers!
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If following Diplo’s career has taught me anything, it’s that he’s a man of supremely eclectic tastes. From crafting M.I.A.’s signature track, “Paper Planes,” to engineering the Caribbean-inspired Major Lazer, Diplo never ceases to surprise.
On this excellent remix, Mr. Pentz creates a haunting trap anthem out of the relatively unknown Grizzly Bear cut, “Will Calls.”
Everybody’s Favorite White Boy, you’ve done it again.
There was just something so infectious about Rich Boy’s debut single “Throw Some D’s” when it came out circa 2006. The feel good sample, the crude lyrics, Rich Boy’s southern drawl. It was the perfect storm for a hit club anthem.
In this remix, producer Miles Medina has resurrected all those great intangibles and updated the song with a contemporary, trap soundscape while preserving the energy of the original. Stuttering snares, popping kicks and a two-step breakdown. Nailed it.
Peep the results below.
Ta-Ku, a Red Bull Music Academy product, has quite the ear for club anthems. Infusing pitched up Drake vocals with massive snares and thundering 808s, Ta-Ku successfully revives “Over” (really the only good single off Thank Me Later) in an effort that would surely shut down any club scene.
Peep the results below, and um, turn this one up to 11 please.
New York rapper Le1f was introduced to me today via a Gisele video that my friend gchatted me at work. I didn’t know what to expect, except for the fact that the video wouldn’t be safe for work. (Which turned out to be true….which is also why I included the video for you guys after the jump so you can also embarrass yourselves at work.) Anyway, as soon as I pressed play, I recognized that trap/rave sound that’s blazing (pun intended: shout out to Just Blaze) across the country right now, rattling dance floors, encouraging drug habits, and keeping the youth crazy. It seems Le1f is another artist who endorses this movement.
The young rapper is putting out a deep, dark and grimy sort of hip-hop that might revisit you in your nightmares, but while you’re awake and listening to it, it’ll shake your bones a bit. Though you might not be able to understand all the words he’s mumbling, it’ll most likely awaken you to a new style of music that’s sonically minimal but physically colossal: trap music. If you think I’m just throwing out buzz words, I challenge you to put in a good pair of headphones or bump Le1f’s music on quality speakers. I was sitting here listening at my desk at work and thought there might have been a small earthquake (I live in California, mind you). My desk started shaking with the bass coming out of my computer. I’m not typically one for heavy basslines, but my body has somehow glued itself to Le1f’s beats and synths and I’m now finding myself swaying back and forth. It’s bright daylight outside, I’m in the middle of doing some work, and I feel like I was just thrown against a wall to see if I’d stick. And I did…and slowly melted to the ground by the time the song ended. You win, Le1f.
And as an aside, if you couldn’t tell from his lyrics, Le1f is a gay rapper. It’s a rarity these days, but maybe that’s part of what’s so appealing about this. He’s making something different and doesn’t seem the least bit hesitant to do so. Listen for yourself as he raps in Hate2Wait “Oh, you got a twin bed? Well, let’s squeeze up in it/ We don’t need no covers, let us freeze up in it/ Cuz you gonna need a cold shower anyway/ After all of the kinky little games that we play.” Or listen to his hit song “Wut,” when he spits “Ukrainian cutie – he really wanna cuddle/ The fever in his eyes, he wanna suckle on my muscle/ He wanna burst my bubble and see what’s up in my jungle.” Yeah, he said it. And he’s turning heads and making a splash. So I repeat: you win, Le1f.
Hit the jump for a bonus…the NSFW video, an animated gif of Le1f dancing, and a party trap rave song by Just Blaze.
Alex Young is a sixteen-year-old, D.C.-based electronic wizard. This remix pairs him up with fellow youngsters BenZel, making me feel bad about what I was doing at 15 and 16. If you want to know about the future of music, look no further. This remix features chopped up vocal samples from BenZel’s blog smash matched with piano and synths that will have you moving in your desk chair at work (or whatever you do; I don’t know you). Check it out, along with some of my favorite Alex Young originals.
So, I finally realized the beauty of using sets on SoundCloud. This format will make it waaay easier for you guys to stream Best Five Dance from now on. I mean, just press play once and it’s game over.
Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.
-George Bernard Shaw
1. Ghost Loft – Seconds (Twice As Nice Remix)
2. B.Dolla – Trill Collins
3. Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It (Viceroy “Jet Life” Remix)
4. The Hood Internet – Zero Drum Thirty (Aesop Rock x Ohama)
5. Rihanna – Stay (Branchez Bootleg)
Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is getting pretty loc (is “loc” the Spanish equivalent of “cray”? Well, it is now.) Every day, it seems like a brand new style of dance pops off. You can usually identify these by a catchy adjective followed by the suffix, “-step” (i.e. thugstep, drumstep, brostep, hostep, step-by-step, stairstep.) Jokes aside though, it is indeed an exciting time for the evolution of dance music, which why I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s Best Dance Songs to a subgenre whose stock is rising fast: Trap.
Since I’m not a trapstar myself, I enlisted my good friend Erin to help us all wade through the vast clutter of EDM by picking out some of the best trap tracks of now o’clock. Check out her brief write up on the origins of the genre below, and then be sure to bump her five delicately selected trap jams for your aural pleasure.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TRAP
According To A Suburban, Middle-Class White Girl
While EDM continues to flourish as one of the most popular musical styles today, sub-genres have had the opportunity to develop and intertwine as well. Arguably, the first EDM by-products to gain popularity were electro-house and dubstep. Now, there are more focused sub-genres such as brostep, complextro, and the current “it-genre”, Trap.
Trap music is nothing new-–in fact, it’s been around for over a decade with its roots in Southern hip-hop. Artists associated with the scene span from U.G.K. and Lil Keke to Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane. Today, EDM producers are channeling these trap forefathers as inspiration, weaving traditional 808 drum beats into their respective styles. Some, such as Houston producer Lōtic, feel that artists are simply jumping on the Trap bandwagon rather than truly appreciating the history.
Luckily for me, whether it’s Baauer or Juicy J, this music simply makes me want to chunk up the deuce and dance.