Trap Stars: Baauer and Bird Peterson

Posted by on May 25, 2012

As the subject would suggest, this isn’t really moombahton; it’s trap. Did we say or did we say it? Trap-influenced dance music is about to take over as the next big urban sound and you might as well be early to the party. So without further adieu, let’s dig into these tracks.

First up we’ve got Baauer. Baauer is an up and comer out of Brooklyn with a diverse array of hip hop remixes under his belt and an obvious flair for funk. Perhaps it was therefore inevitable that he’d eventually catch Diplo’s eye. I’m digging the bouncy booty bass vibe in “Harlem Shake,” a track which has already seen major airtime on BBC Radio 1’s “Diplo and Friends” show and which seems perfectly suited to the beautiful weather we’re seeing here on the east coast (#THREEDAYWEEKEND). And how about those tropical marimba tones in “Yaow!”? Bottom line, both of these songs were built to light a fire on a packed dance floor.

Rounding it out this week is Bird Peterson, whose chill, hypnotic reboot of M83’s “Steve McQueen” brings a slightly different vibe than the two songs above. In fact, I’d go as far as to call this song haunting. This is a good one for humid, sticky summer nights in someone’s backyard.

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