As electronic dance music is exploding, niche-y sub-genres are spawning and garnering attention with established producers who want fresh new sounds for their tracks. Along for the ride are the up and coming producers who specialize in these foreign genres.
Trap music is a recent example of the new kid on the EDM block. Although hip-hop developed the style years ago, trap’s gritty lyrics and 808-drum twitchy ticks are the hot new sound on the festival circuit. Ultra Festival last spring gave prominent roles to trap performers like UZ, Flosstradamus and Baauer (the man responsible for the Harlem Shake).
Moving up behind these A-list trapsters are artists like the talented youngster, CRNKD.
A seminal moment for this 20-year old was his collaboration with UZ and his influential hip-hip/electronic label, Mad Decent. The outcome, ”Booty to the Ground VIP,” released last year to critical acclaim and has since held strong as a go-to record for DJs wanting to ride the trap wave. This led to further work with Mad Decent’s founder, Diplo, to produce the more approachable remix of Diplo’s track “Set it Off.”
One of his massive tracks of late has triggered in me a growing appreciation for the genre. ”No Handz” by Waka Flocka (CRNKN remix) blessed me with an appreciation for the genre. It transformed Waka Flocka’s original, a song that irritated me so, into a dirtier track that I have played on repeat while writing this article. This phenomena I have only observed with house remixes. The music gods work in mysterious ways.
Like most veteran DJ/producers, CRNKN is no one-trick pony. His remix of the XX’s “Intro” is made of glorious house, while his versions of Purity Ring’s “Obedear” and Adventure Club’s “Do I See Color” are more dub-step than anything else.
CRNKN’s SoundCloud profile loosely quotes Gandalf’s classic line, “A wizard arives [sic] precisely when he means to, never late, never early.” He may not be a wizard of verbal detail, but his timing into the scene is as immaculate as his trap music is dope.
Keep an eye out on WPRB’s blog for an 8tracks playlist to guide your through this new trend.
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