I brought this up in our #Trapdown Facebook group earlier today, but I felt like I should say a bit more here on the blawg for anyone that cares about music, but doesn’t care about Facebook groups.
Unlike moombahton, you can’t just take any old song and give it a trap remix. Part of the reason moombahton exploded the way that it did was because taking a dated song from 128bpm to 110bpm and adding a dembow was just enough of a change to make it sound refreshed and energized. People may argue with me about this, but I think that for the majority of the time these edits worked well and at the very least were useful as filler songs to beef up a DJ’s crate. Now, there’s something you should know about me: I love (love!) top 40 remixes far more than any man my age should. However, the lion’s share of these trap remixes just sound tacky. What business do hip-hop instrumentals have going over a top40 nu disco-inspired radio creation? None. Producers, either build a trap track from the ground up or find a track that your remix will complement and not contrast.
I would never post examples of remixes that fail (unless CSK made it specifically for that purpose), but here are a few examples of trap remixes that do a great job in complementing the original:
Last, but not least.. Here’s a whole mix of successful tracks: