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White Boy Filth – I Like Tuh: Domineeringly Magnetic Trap

White Boy Filth dropped his first original release “I Like Tuh” on December 31st and with his debut he established himself as one of the best up and coming Trap artists around right now.

With a heavier and more bass-driven approach I Like Tuh instantaneously hits you with an atmospherically immersive soundscape to which the Calgary, Canada-based artist lays down his ingenious bars. Yet, what really sets White Boy Filth apart from his Trap counterparts are his domineeringly magnetic vocals which carry the perfect balance of aggression and charisma with no use for autotune. Instead, his relentless Rap verses run clean hitting you with every ounce of passion he put into the snipingly sweet lyrics.

You can check out White Boy Filth’s latest single I Like Tuh for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Phoenix GLD’s Smooth Serving of Wavy Trap with “Brown Sugar”

Love them or hate them, no one can deny that excessively produced vocals are a massive part of the Trap scene right now and Phoenix GLD is right on the contemporary curve with his recently released single “Brown Sugar”. The single was released as part of the up and coming artist’s 2018 EP “DRK/BRNZ” and features Apollo Hill who adds even more depth to the track.

It may take a while for the minimalist Trap beat to kick in and accompany the atmospheric notes of the guitar which adds even more of a wavy fluidity to Brown Sugar but it’s well worth it when you get to the sweet spot in the track where the anthemics build. Yet. he faux fade out which is situated towards the end of the track significantly cuts down the momentum in the track after it progresses for a further minute. So it’s hard to feel like the continuation of the beat was a good move as the shorter and sweeter execution would have been more natural.

You can check out Brown Sugar along with the rest of the EP for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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GBlair’s Latest Drop “Stars” Mashes the Contemporary Veracity of Trap with Elements from Decades Past

In a stroke of ingenuity up and coming Trap artist cooked up an absolute storm with his latest mix “Stars” by sampling one of the iconic songs of decades past – none other than “I’m Wishing on a Star” by Rose Royce. While you’re much more likely to hear the single played on a Christmas advert than the radio these days, GBlair has brought the iconic single back to life by weaving the single into a fresh as it comes Trap single.

The track which was produced by RNE LM & Tigerhead keeps the perfect balance between the orchestral strings from the track and the steady intricate Trap beat which GBlair lays down his easy to resonate vocals down upon.

You can check out GBlair’s latest single Stars for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vi$ion 444 – Pick Up: Trap with an Indie Twist

Vi$ion may have created the most melodic Trap Pop singles to have ever graced the airwaves with his latest single “Pick Up”. With an acoustic guitar progression which would sound just as at home in an Indie track as his stunning composition, the single has an infinite amount of appeal to fans of all genres. Even those with no particular penchant for Trap beats will fall under the allure of the mesmeric tonality of the single which uses plenty of spatial effects to set the perfect pacing to allow the sentiment to hit that little bit harder. The slight Lo Fi feel to Pick Me up added to the raw organic texture of the sound, and if by the time the track fades out you aren’t a little bit in love with Vi$ion 444, I’d start to doubt whether you’re human. There are very few artists out there right now with such a smooth vocal capacity who use 808s to set the beat for their ethereal expression.

You can check out Vi$ion’s latest track Pick Up for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J Sloan’s Latest R&B-Infused Trap Single “What Else” ft Oz

“What Else” is the latest single to be released from the up and coming Hip Hop artist J Sloan who laces his sound with a smooth R&B influence. For the track he teamed up with Rap vocalist Oz who provided a stark contrast with his commanding Rap verses to J Sloan’s Trap-style crooning which makes good use of vocal effects to keep his sound right on the contemporary curve. Beat wise, in parts, it was hard to feel like the lyrics and the beat sat in synergy with each other. The two elements of the track seemed to flow separately and for that reason it was hard to allow the sentiment behind What Else to truly resonate.

If you’re looking or a romantically sweet hit of R&B-infused Trap, you can check out J Sloan’s latest single What Else for yourselves via Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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99Runtz – Runtz: Experimentally Reverb-Driven Trap

“Runtz” is the latest track from the up and coming Rap artist 99Runtz. When you hear the short and sweet Trap track unfold, its pretty much impossible to find another artist to compare 99Runtz to. Whilst there may be plenty of ambient, melodic and dream wave Trap floating around right now – his latest mix is something else entirely. Fans are either going to love it or hate the downtempo urban mix; which is mainly due to the fact that Runtz comes dangerously close to being a Mumble Rap track, whilst there will always be fans of the genre, it should be almost impossible to decipher the lyrics to a track given that’s usually where the resonance lies. Yet, if you’re looking for a vibe-out Trap track to add to your playlists, look no further.

You can check out Runtz along with the artist’s earlier releases for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matt Vine – Modernité: Experimentally Arresting Trap

If Trap took acid, the end result would probably sound something a little like Matt Vine’s latest single Modernité. The experimentally alluring Trap single which unfolds with a little Parisian flair is potentially the most arresting track I’ve heard from the genre this year.

Whilst it may take a little while to get comfortable in the soundscape once you’re in the midst of the sharp kicks of the 808’s amongst the orchestral samples and smorgasbord of other effects it doesn’t take long before you start to appreciate his pioneeringly creative approach to the genre.

Whilst it may be a little too out there for some, those that can truly appreciate the ingenuity behind Matt Vine’s sound with Modernité are sure to find their new favourite pioneer of contemporary Trap.

You can check out Matt Vine’s latest single Modernité out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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