Largely due to the unfortunate success of BAAUER’s HARLEM SHAKE as a viral meme, TRAP music is currently being abandoned by many of it’s supporters. The scene might be dead by this summer, BUT then again, a Canadian producer might end up being single-handedly responsible for revitalising Trap music’s tarnished image.
This Vancouver resident has already established himself on the Big Room ELECTRO circuit, having his productions being dropped by some of the biggest players in the game. Very recently, thanks to the release of the MIXTAPE I’m about to review, he has also managed to catch the attention the world’s BASS music leaders, mainly, DIPLO, the man at the helm of the MAD DECENT empire. He is currently working with IMANOS, on an EP that could result in Imanos leaving his Electro pursuits behind, and becoming a pioneer of an exciting new sub-genre of EDM.
LOVE TRAP VOL. 1
When describing Trap music, words like “sexy” and “romantic” are scarcely used… until now. Imanos has compiled an hours worth of songs that explore the smoother side of trill, produced by many of the most recognizable players in the game. There’s a HOUSE music revival happening in the undergrounds of the world’s major cities, and this mix has the potential to convert many critics to the trife side, by showcasing tracks that heavily incorporate elements of traditional House music into the ghetto friendly structure that has become synonymous with Trap. In a genre that, generally, maintains a very heavy flow, this prettier, more light-hearted approach to Hip-Hop beats feels like a breath of fresh air. For a truly satisfying experience, snuggle up with somebody sexy, and press play below.
01. Zedd Feat. Bright Lights – Follow You Down (Keys N Krates Remix)
02. Deliver The Funk – High For This
03. INOJ – Love You Down (eSenTRIK Remix)
04. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (Umbertron Remix)
05. JMSN – Girl (I Used To Know) (MiMOSA Remix)
06. Ruddyp – Maybe
07. Active Child – Hanging On (Chrome Wolves Bootleg)
08. The xx – Angels (Sango Remix)
09. Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (Salute Remix)
10. Lloyd – Get it Shawty (Archi’s Late Nite 808 Remix)
11. Ciara & Girl Unit – Ride x Every Time (Kingdom Blend)
12. Santigold – Creator (Ookay Remix)
13. Tinashe – Boss (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
14. Sub Focus Feat. Alpines – Tidal Wave (Flosstradamus Remix)
15. Nero – Won’t Tou (Be There) (Baauer Remix)
16. Cults – Bad Things (Alex Young Remix)
17. The Knocks – The Feeling (Elements Remix)
18. DJ Khaled – I’m On One (Sinjin Hawke Remix)
19. Don Diablo Feat. Noonie Bao – M1 Stinger (gLAdiator Remix)
HIGH POINTS: This is a very important mix. It’s importance lies beyond the fact that the sheer freshness of the tracks found within keep the listener engaged from beginning to end. It’s importance lies in it’s achievement of possibly the greatest feet afforded to a DJ. Through creative selecting, Imanos has identified common elements in outstanding tunes, and grouped them together accordingly, attaching a name to their likenesses. In doing so, he has established a new genre of music, without producing a thing. At the best of times, a DJ holds the ability to be a catalyst for new emerging sounds, and with all of the hype this mix has received, it’s obvious that Imanos has been successful in coining LOVE TRAP as a genre. You are hearing the possible beginnings of a new trend in music, and that is very exciting.
LOW POINTS: Around 34:10ish, we hear the OOKAY REMIX of SANTIGOLD’s CREATOR. That familiar Crunk vocal, and Santigold’s aggressive lyrics, rage over siren synths, and ratchet-ass beats, as things get hype in da…. Hey, wait a minute. What the fuck happened to the theme?!?! I thought this was “Love Trap”. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great tune, and I’d go ape to it, if dropped in a regular Trap mix, but in this circumstance, it’s a bit inappropriate, is it not? When making the decision to do a themed mix, you need to be dedicated to sticking with that theme. In this particular case, for the reasons praised above, the theme is an important one, but only if it’s executed with thoughtful precision. This mix has the ability to convert skeptics of Trap music, and it achieves that up until this point. A return to sounds commonly associated with the Trap genre threatens to have House and R&B fans press stop at this point, thus missing out on being exposed to the wonderful selections that follow this oversight. I can only hazard a guess that Imanos was really feeling the Ookay Remix and just needed to fit it in somewhere. Understandable, yes, but unfortunate. Selecting is the most important part of a DJs job. When compiling a thoughtful mix, one must ask themselves, “does this fit here???”. I think, in this particular instance, it most certainly does not.
Although I’ve focused on it quite intently, it really is a mere hicup in an, otherwise, brilliant mix. Fans of Trap will love this fresh take on the music they love. That goes without saying. What I’m really hoping is that those who don’t normally enjoy trill beats will give this mix a shot. I’m fairly confident that you will leave with a new appreciation for the genre, and excitement for this forthcoming Love Trap EP, from Imanos.
Dig this? Peep VOL. 2!