What’s up internet, I’m Alec Leibsohn aka Kong, originally from Seattle but currently doing damage in Vancouver at UBC. I’m obsessed with the ever-morphing future sounds that are gaining heat right now and plan on spreading the love. Bass music – Trap, Jersey Club, Juke/Footwork, Moombah, UK Funky, Bmore, Garage – these are the sounds of the future. If you’re unfamiliar with these sounds, prepare to be immersed. I wanted to start off sharing a few mixes that really rep the tunes I like to play, then a roundup of 5 tracks that have been heating my speakers for the past week. Tracklists are in the Soundcloud descriptions.
The first track comes from Belgium’s Mister Tweeks. Part of the impressive the Pelican Fly crew alongside big names like Sinjin Hawke, Lucid, Richelle, and Sam Tiba, he delivers a developed and widely-influenced sound capturing drippy Hip-hop interchangeably with squeaky Jersey Club music.
Baauer is a huge name in electronic music right now that most people in tune with the big, wide internet will recognize. With a recent release on Jeffree’s, an extension of Diplo’s Mad Decent, he is changing the game for hip-hop influenced electronic music. Or what the kids are calling it, Trap. His remix of Talk has an amazing feel to it, especially the rhythm. It’s has a very different feel for bein 144bpm.
Next up is MYRRYRS, the most recent producer to be released on Samo Sound Boy + Jerome Potter of the LOL Boys’ label Body High. Body High gained a lot of popularity in 2011 especially behind Jersey Club king DJ Sliink, and they are probably the biggest label to watch in 2012. Nimh delivers a simple yet all encompassing hip-hop beat with tight knit percussion and floppy, full synths. I love the timing of the snare rolls especially.
Sines are doing it big when it comes to Dirty South beats. Leading Freshmore out of Texas who are paving the way for Southern hip-hop influenced beats, Sines hold down all the elements to trap and have a field day when it comes to creative synths. “Snare rolls like shifting the gears of a rusty bike”. Check their main Soundcloud for many more tracks, be prepared to lean.
Last but definitely not least is RL Grime, a huge new name with a release on the Wedidit collective. Grapes has every element of a forward-thinking bass EP, and the remixes from Salva, LOL Boys, Shlomo and Groundislava take it to the next level. This is one of his free tracks, coyly boasting the synth line from Afrojack’s “Pacha on Acid”.