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Andrew Puckett – Rockstar: Playfully Anthemic Trap

You’d usually expect a track titled “Rockstar” to be, you know, a Rock track, yet Andrew Puckett used the misleading title for his insanely fresh Trap track. Any fans of Labyrinth will absolutely adore the tight mix which contains all of the playfully anthemic ecstasies of the icon’s hit “Earthquake”.

Rockstar is the 9th single to be released by the up and coming artist who has made a name for himself on the underground with his smooth vibe and melodically immersive beats. Yet, what hits you hard enough to bruise you about Andrew Puckett’s style is the pure amount of charisma he puts behind his fluid Rap bars which sit at the perfect tempo. There aren’t many Hip Hop artists out there to date with the ability to create an easily accessible sound which will make you want to devour their albums, but Andrew Puckett is hardly your archetypal artist with his radio-ready, seamless sound.

You can check out Andrew Puckett’s latest single Rockstar for yourself now by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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T’Chanel – Count it All: Emotively Raw Trap

“Count it All” is the latest melody-driven Trap single from T’Chanel which kicks with some old school impounding elements with all of the contemporary intricacy of Trap. Whilst the beat was fresh, it was the lyrics which hit me like a tonne of bricks. I can’t remember the last time I heard a rawer Rap track. Usually, it’s all grandeur and attitude, yet T’Chanel has used her latest single to express her disdain at everything that is happening within the world which is undoubtedly crumbling around us. Naturally, the lyricism hit’s hard especially with her admission that chasing dreams can be a struggle. There aren’t many willing to admit their life is less than perfect, yet T’Chanel stepped to the mic with her ability to run tight verses as well as hold a perfect harmony.

You can check out T’Chanel’s latest single Count it All for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MalikThaGod – Windows: Angst-Driven Trap

RZA fans, if you haven’t already got excited about MalikThaGod’s latest single Windows now is the time. The Salem-based up and coming Hip Hop Rap artist’s single stamped down plenty of authority through the angst-fuelled Rap years which flowed with the perfect amount of hype and momentum.

Yet, I couldn’t help but feel Windows would have been a more solid track if the lyrics carried a little more originality, it was pretty hard to resonate with any of the lyrics and in part they struck me as relatively typical for the genre. Yet, thanks to the experimentalism in the beat MalikThaGod was able to still spill plenty of pioneeringly fresh high octane energy into the mix. The tempo may be tentative to start, yet, there’s plenty of progressive twists to keep you hooked with MalikThaGod’s latest single which was dropped September 2018

You can check out Windows for yourself by heading over to Youtube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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De La Cruz – Ip Man: Charisma-Driven Trap

Whilst up and coming Trap artist De La Cruz may take inspiration for his tracks from artists such as Drake, Logic and Lil Wayne, his style is irrefutably his own. The first thing that hits you with his latest single Ip Man produced by Lucid Soundz is the instant accessibility of the smooth, multi-layered sound which flows with a melodically transient tempo. The light synth keys rest against the relentless rattle and snare of the 808 beats as the reverb carries a lucid energy. In parts, it does feel as though there’s a little too much happening in the track as the female vocal samples go up against the effects and De La Cruz’s rap bars. Yet, Ip Man is still a standout track which allows the artist to stamp down the authority of his sweet lyrical delivery.

You can check out De La Cruz’s latest single Ip Man for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Noltac – ‘Unexpected’: Ambiently Alchemic Trap

Unexpected is just one of the singles recently released by the up and coming Trap artist Noltac. The Hip Hop producer takes a drastically different approach to Trap than many of the other contemporary Hip Hop artists I’ve checked out this year which is refreshing to say the least. The instrumental progressions of the track provided subtly ambient waves of synth which were complemented by the melodic kicks, rattles and snares of the 808 beats. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel the transient lucidity of the track was interrupted by the repetition of the introduction, yet for such a solid beat, the criticism is barely warranted.

You can check out Noltac’s single Unexpected for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now, whilst you’re there check out some of the producer and composer’s latest tracks such as his instrumental mix of ‘I Got a Story to Tell’, the simplicity behind the beat allows the space around the sound to offer as much essence and emotive energy as the beats themselves. It really is an inevitability that if you hit play on one of Noltac’s mixes you’re going to get lost in it.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lil Thane – HeartBreaker: The Subtle Serenity of New Wave Trap

There seems to have been an insurgence of up and coming Hip Hop artists who are putting out ambiently sweet tracks. Whilst they may not be of much appeal to Eminem or MGK fans, Lil Peep admirers will be in heaven with the quaint compositions which take the aggression out of Rap. Which is exactly what Lil Thane did with his latest single HeartBreaker. Through the lyricism of his latest single you can see that the lyrics palpably contained a piece of his soul. There was no self-aggrandised brashness, just raw and authentic expression which fed into the rhythm of the melodies in the Trap mix. Whilst the synth-driven beats almost veered into the Dream Wave arena thanks to the damp serenity of the notes the kick of the 808’s kept the track firmly rooted HeartBreaker in the New Wave Trap Arena.

You can check out Lil Thane’s latest single which dropped in August out for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dnigel – Summer Thang: Sun-Soaked Trap Melodies

This summer has seen no shortage of Trap artists lending their 808 tapping hands to provide us with sun-soaked melodic progressions, and I’d have to say that Dnigel is up there with the best of them. Summer Thang may only be 1:57 minutes long, but that is all the up and coming artist needs to stamp down her stylised approach to sound production. The vocals seamlessly entwine with the fluidity of the beat you create an immersive mix you can’t help getting caught up within. The Washington DC producer, songwriter and beat-maker proves that she’s the Trap triple threat with her latest single. I can’t wait to hear the soundwaves of the next storm she cooks up.

You can check out Summer Thang for yourself by heading over to the artist’s Reverb Nation channel now. Thankfully, Dnigel has plenty more (longer) tracks for you to sink your teeth into if you loved Summer Thang!

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Litty – No Clout: Melodically Fresh Trap

Up and coming South Carolina-based recording artist Litty teamed up with producer Guillermo to create her latest rhythmically resounding single No Clout. To say No Clout a refreshing rendition of New Wave Trap sounds like an understatement. There is nothing atypical about the composition of the track, the trickle and snare of the beats sounded sweeter than ever in the multi-layer seamless mix, then there’s Litty’s vocals which have the perfect pinch of reverb to amplify her instantly accessible vocal style. Even though there’s plenty of attitude written into the lyrics, the vocals remain almost angelically sweet and innocent over the low-tempo melodically mesmerising beat which almost progresses into a piano jazz rendition in the fadeout.

If you’re looking for the perfect track to add to your vibe-out Trap playlists you can check out Litty’s latest single No Clout for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Babyape – Power in the Horse: Melodically Innocent Trap

Power in the Horse is the standout single from New Wave Trap recording artist Babyape. On August 9th, 2018 the dropped his latest album ‘Vanity & Vices’, with a title like that, it leaves little room for the imagination to wonder which direction Babyape took his music in. Yet, Power in the Horse is refreshingly unpredictable as it weaves through the concordance of the melodic trap beat. The lyrics may not be notably inventive, yet there is something about the lyrical delivery to Power in the Horse that will allow the biting sentiment of the track to really sink is teeth in. Yet, after listening to Power in the Horse I can’t help feel the artist did themselves a slight misjustice by pandering to such an innocent tonality rather than creating a soundscape that demands respect and denotes maturity.

You can check out Babyape’s latest single out for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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D Beez – Japan: Charismatically Fresh Hard-Hitting Trap

With flawless production D Beez’s latest single Japan unfolds as he proves that he’s a serious new contender to the Trap scene who may just have the flavour to dethrone the heavy weights.

The aggressive lyrical versing transforms the already high-vibe track into an energetically alive resounding mix which is so infectious the vibe will be with you long after the track as faded out. The lyrics were fairly archetypal to the genre, yet there was an infinite amount of charisma to D Beez’s rap bars which will leave no room to question why his single Japan has seen so much success since it’s release back in February 2018. The beat doesn’t mix it up far from the traditional Trap style, regardless D Beez is an artist who commands an infinite amount of respect through his style.

You can check out the official video to D Beez’s single Japan now by heading over to YouTube

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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