Since pairing the powerful horn melody and chopped up “don dada” samples from Major Lazer’s “Original Don” with blustering half-time bass kicks, Chicago DJ duo Flosstradamus have hit their stride as purveyors of the 2012 trap music tidal wave. The metallic crunch of their Total Recall EP and their hip hop friendly remixes of “What’s Your Fantasy” and “Climax" also prove that the trap-style recipe of snares, kicks and hi-hats is both addictive and ductile across genres, and they're using the nuanced techniques of laptop-based producers to develop a stylized take on a Southern hip hop staple.
Their new mix Live for the Funk further outlines the relationship between the EDM underground's sub-genre du jour and popular hip hop radio. After quickly blending two of their own productions with Lunice and Hudson Mohawke's “R U Ready,” the hard-hitting snares and boasts of Kanye West’s “Too Cold” work themselves in seamlessly. The rest of the mix includes the likes of Danny Brown, Rick Ross and Chief Keef, plus trapified remixes of popular progressive house jams “Rattle” and “Pacha on Acid,” from Bingo Players and RL Grime respectively. Given the balls-to-the-wall nature of the mix, it’s surprisingly accessible: It’s rooted in hip hop, but has the neck-cracking tempo of dubstep and the synthy, satisfying builds of progressive house. Cross-pollination between underground and mainstream producers, and between hip hop and electronic dance music, has created a middle-of-the-dancefloor sound that still has lots of room for growth. Flosstradamus, to their credit, have placed themselves at the center of this bass music movement affectionately known as trap. [Via Live for the Funk]