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Jim X William – Dissociation: Soberingly Sonorous Trap

If Eminem’s Stan was released in 2018, I’m fairly certain that it would come out sounding a little something like Jim X William’s latest drop “Dissociation”. With a New Wave Trap style beat paired with haunting atmospheric harmonies Jim X William has just set the bar for the rest of his Hip Hop counterparts.

With so much emotivity, humility and honesty penned into the lyrics which are delivered through complete, unquestionable authority, you’re treated to a hard-hitting Hip Hop soundscape, which you’re not likely to forget in a hurry. The sentiment behind the track doesn’t lie embedded within self-aggrandization or self-pity, instead it’s perceptible that Jim X William served up a piece of his soul in the lyrical shots fired.

If you can get to the end of Dissociation without feeling sobered, I’d start to question whether you’re actually human.

You can check out Jim X William’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Swamp G – White Claw: Putting the Fire Back into Trap

Swamp G Is the up and coming artist putting the fire back into the Trap genre. His latest single “White Claw” which dropped on November 19th as part of the “Komodo” EP is the perfect introduction to the Austin, Texas-based artist’s stylishly orchestrated sound.

The level of harmony which sits behind the rattle snare and kicks is bordering on ethereal. Yet the harmony lies in perfect contrast to the unapologetically unrestrained lyrics behind White Claw. With the fluidity of his flow, and the intricacy in the meter and rhyme in the lyrics it’s all too easy to slip into White Claw which has been masterfully produced by DeCicco Beats.

You can check out Swamp G’s latest single White Claw for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lvcci – WALK ft. HAZAN: The Smoothest Trap You’ll Hear this Year

Of all the Hip Hop tracks I’ve checked out this year, not many come close to matching the pure flow of up and coming Rap artist Lvcci. His latest single Walk featuring HAZAN dropped last month to prove that his distinctive sound sets him apart from the myriad of other SoundCloud rappers out there today.

There isn’t a flaw to be found in WALK, the production allows the hypnotic hype behind the mix to resonate, whilst Lvcci proves that even with minimal vocal effects, he’s got one of the hottest voices in Hip Hop right now. With a slight R&B infusion, all of the brash discord is taken out of the Trap genre and the lyricism isn’t centred around self-deprecating spite or projection.

You can check out how refreshing Lvcci’s latest single WALK is for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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TRAPKid – Powerade: Abrasively Infectious Trap

Love it or hate it, no one can deny that Trap is dominating the urban soundwaves right now. It’s fresh, it’s relatable and it’s infectious. Edgy lyrics have always been synonymous with Hip Hop, yet, the lyricism behind TRAPKid $ID’s latest drop “Powerade” may even be enough to make N.W.A a little uneasy. Yet, it would seem that TRAPKid $ID is just giving the fans what they want with his unapologetically abrasive lyrical approach.

At just over two minutes long, Powerade is a short and sweet in which the verses remained prominent throughout not too dissimilar from what you’d expect from MC Lars, yet, instead of versing about Shakespeare TRAPKid has kept his latest hit as salacious as possible. With pitch-perfect production, the beat moves through a fluid almost lucid arrangement proving that TRAPKid $ID is as serious about his beats as he is about making his tracks as hard-hitting as possible.

You can check out Powerade for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Masdiaz – Communication: Slick, Simple, Sweet Trap

“Communication” is the first drop from the up and coming Hip Hop artist Masdiaz, if he keeps putting out tracks this fresh, it won’t be long before he’s at the top of his game. The simplicity behind the beat makes the short and sweet 3-minute mix instantly accessible to any Trap fan – which is exactly how a debut track should resonate. The vintage keys bring in the beat from the 808’s which are subtle yet add plenty of texture to Communication providing the perfect platform for Masdiaz’s conversationally lyrical bars.

Usually, you’ll need to listen to a Trap track a fair few times before you really get to feel the weight behind the lyrics. With Masdiaz’s ingeniously simple approach to mixing his vocals with the beat, his immersive offering of introspection hits you hardest first time around and still leaves you wanting more.

You can check out Masdiaz’s latest single Communication for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mista – Love Me or Not: Trap That Flows Like Fiery Poetry

There will never be enough acoustically-driven Trap on the soundwaves, so naturally, Mista’s latest drop “Love Me or Not” from his latest album 24/7 was a welcome aural offering of urban rhythm. The acoustic progressions may have carried a slight reminiscence to Timberlake’s Cry Me a River which was a little hard to ignore. Yet, when the accessible rhythm combined with the relentlessly fluid Trap beat, the contrast in the multi-layered mix was the perfect balance of vibe and anthemic energy. With his authentically fresh lyrical style there was no need for effects on his instantly accessible vocal style, while he versed the bars which flowed like fiery poetry.

You can check out Mista’s latest single Love Me or Not which was released August, 2018 by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Plush Sanches – Ramona: The Atlanta Trap Enigma

Every now and again, you’ll stumble across a Trap track which stands out the from the rest and the snaring teeth of the lyrical hooks will pull you right into the synergistic melody. It should come as no surprise that it was none other than Plush Sanches with this perfectly polished production “Ramona” that had me gripped from the first verse. There’s plenty of progression right the way through the track through the switching up of lyrical styles and tempo to keep you immersed right the way through the viral-worthy hit. Ramona was made that little bit sweeter from the collaboration with Marko. Considering that Plush Sanches takes care of all the production on top of the hyped lyrics and beats, I can’t imagine it will be long before his tracks are climbing the charts.

You can check out Plus Sanches’ latest single Ramona out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hakuzu – Heart and Soul: Transient Future Trap

Future Trap may be a relatively new addition to the melting pot of urban EDM genres, but without doubt it’s one of the most immersive; at least that is the case when it comes to Point Pleasant, US-based artist Hakuzu. With his latest single “Heart and Soul” the experimentally pioneering artist cooked up a smorgasbord of dizzying drops, hypnotically deep breakdowns, and plenty of fluid progression. Right up until the vocal samples, Hakuzu’s mix was absolutely flawless, yet with the prodigally futuristic style of beat the vocal contrast made the mix sound a little dated. But considering the fiery flare of Heart and Soul which is kicked into play by the dub infusions, the track still takes you to all the aural places you want a progressive EDM mix to take you.

You can check out Hakuzu’s latest single Heart and Soul for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lil Pipe – Beaten & Broken: Pensively Soulful Trap

In recent years, I’ve developed an aversion to any Trap artist with “Lil” in their name, yet up and coming rap artist Lil Pipe proved to be the exception with his emotively revelatory latest single “Beaten & Broken”. The lush synth reverb acts as a prelude, which brings in the light and melodic multi-layered Trap beat and remains as a constant right the way through the track adding an infinite amount of catharsis to the downtempo mix.

At 1:43-minutes long, Beaten & Broken is a piercingly sharp, yet short and sweet mix which will stay with you long after the single has faded out. Whether it’s the haunted melodies in the perfectly produced track or the weighted lyricism which will hit you the hardest, you’re going to come out on the other side with a new favourite Trap artist on your list.

You can check out Lil Pipe’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lewis Antony – I Couldn’t: Wavy Trap from North London’s Hottest Breaking Artist

If you haven’t been introduced to Lewis Antony’s instantly accessible approach to Trap, his latest single “I Couldn’t” is the perfect introduction. The London-based urban artist carries a charismatic flair which bears reminiscence to artists such as Dizzee Rascal and Wiley, yet, thanks to his ambiently fluid approach to his beats, his style is as fresh as it comes.

With lyrics full of soundbites, the playful lyrical hooks snare you just as unforgivably as the hooks in the lucid multi-layered beat behind his latest single I Couldn’t. There are very few Hip Hop artists you can listen to for the first time and be instantly captivated by their style. Yet, with the radio-ready production, immersive beats and Lewis Antony’s ability to wax lyrical, he’s pretty much the triple threat.

You can check out Lewis Antony’s latest single for yourselves here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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