Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Munchi gives the trap-EDM trend a banging send-off

Posted By on 09.11.12 at 03:45 PM

Given the underground dance music scene's constantly plugged-in nature (where you can export a song from the software you used to build it straight to your SoundCloud), its insatiable hunger for novelty, and the fact that so many of the producers and consumers within it are tastemakers (or at least consider themselves such) susceptible to on-to-the-next-one-ism, pretty much every calendar year some sonic trend is born that within months is completely exhausted by mediocre coolhunting producers and DJs (and embarrassingly passe by the time we start shopping for next year's kitten calendar). For 2012 this trend is "trap" music, the bombastic synthesizer-heavy rap sound that's been percolating up from the south for the past few years and that may have reached its apotheosis in the quasi-operatic work of production wunderkind Lex Luger.

EDM producers started latching onto trap music in earnest earlier this year, and while there have been some legitimately fantastic tracks to come out of the stylistic collision—see Flosstradamus's unexpected outburst of new material—a bunch of two-bit beat makers who just discovered how to program 16th-note triplets are already sapping the last of its edginess. In this kind of situation, you can choose to get a prime spot among the people queuing up to be totally over it, or you can try to squeeze as much enjoyment as possible out of the trend before it goes to Rush Street to die.

Trap Bubbling, the new mixtape from Dutch DJ and producer Munchi—best known as one of the biggest names in the moombahton scene—makes a convincing argument for taking the latter route with trap EDM. Hosted by southern mixtape gurus the Trap-a-Holics and clocking in at a satisfyingly brief 14 and a half minutes, Trap Bubbling gives rave-ready makeovers to several years of radio and club hits, including Big Sean's "A$$ (Dance)" and Waka Flocka Flame's "Hard in the Paint"; the results fit in nicely with hip-hop's current fascination with MDMA.

Download it for free here.

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