2012 was a huge year for EDM as a whole. Dubstep's star began to fade, if only slightly, but progressive house rose to dominate dance charts and trap music emerged as the new sound of the underground. Heavily focused on hip-hop influences, hard sub-bass beats, crisp snares, and electronic accents, trap delivers an irresistible groove that makes you want to get up and move.
As the breakout genre of 2012, trap is sure to gain more success in 2013. But let's take a look back at the best, and filthiest, trap artists who rocked clubs and carried their sounds into the public ear this year.
10. Mayhem x Antiserum
Both Mayhem and Antiserum are producers who attempt to break away from what's popular and try new things. After coming together for the southern bounce meets bass heavy g-funk of their “BayTL Dub EP,” the duo let loose "Bricksquad Anthem" which was dropped by Dillon Francis, A-Trak and more at some of the biggest festivals in the world. Their more recent collaboration, “Spend It” was released in November to equal praise.
gLAdiator, made up of Danl and Ian, has definitely made some big noise in the trap world this year. They just released their latest EP, “NEW”, an 11-track album available for free download, and they've remixed tracks by Kelly Rowland, Kayne West, Flux Pavillion, and Wolfgang Gartner.
8. Heroes x Villains
Coming straight from the trap itself, this dirty south duo infuses their roots directly into their tracks. Daniel Disaster and Pete Heartless, better known as Heroes X Villains, started out remixing tracks such as Wacka Flocka's “Oh Let's Do It” and “You Don't Like Me” by Lil John and Diplo. Now they produce their own tunes, like “Original Choppa” and “From The Trap”.
Carnage's remix of Hardwell's “Spaceman” is the definition of a festival anthem. His clever use of snares and glitches takes big room hits and gives them a heavy dose of down and dirty bass. Working with Luminox on a number of the tracks, Carnage released his Festival Trap Mix in November, and it blew the minds of listeners everywhere. With remixes of songs by Dada Life, Sandro Silva, and Tujamo, the 45 minute mix is guaranteed to make you wanna get down.
Without a question, Brillz' shot to fame because of his insane remix for Kill The Noise's “Roots”. His classic trap snare mixed with an always hardest-hitting drop consistently delivers an energy like no other. With support from some of the biggest names in the game, expect to see big things for Brillz next year.
2012 was a strong year for this next artist. His remix of Flosstradamus' “Roll Up” was incorporated into almost every trap mega-mix and his music introduced groundbreaking trap beats overlapped with chopped lyrics and bold melody lines. Baauer has helped paved the road to success for the trap music community, and will continue to do so in 2013.
Remixing some of the hottest EDM tracks of 2012, Luminox made a statement this year with the introduction of trap-style, a blend of trap and hardstyle elements, into EDM. His remixes of Sandro Silva's “Epic” and Bingo Player's “Rattle” are staples in the trap music game, serving as many fans introduction to the genre. Some argue that all trap music sounds the same, but Luminox's clever trap beats stand out from the crowd.
A DJ who bases his persona on the element of mystery, only a select few people really know ƱZ's true identity, but anyone who loves trap music knows he's one of the best out there. He has remixed songs by Flosstradamus, Foreign Beggars, and DJ Sliink. His series of tracks, “ŤɌ∆Ҏ ᶊῌῗ†”, is available to listen to on Soundcloud, and most of the tracks are free downloads!
2. RL Grime
This next trap master did big things in 2012. Stemming from his alter-ego Clockwork, RL Grime started as a side-project, but once fans caught wind of the game-changing remix after remix he was producing – things intensified fast . His remix of Kayne West's “Mercy” was one of the most frequently heard tracks of 2012. Even House producers were dropping it. Why? Because it slaps!
It was hard to put such an amazing group of producers into a top-10 list, but DJ duo Flosstradamus truly earned the number one spot. Already well established in the EDM scene, Flosstradamus brought big noise to the newly born trap scene this year. Their remix of Major Lazer's “Original Don” is monumental, and their Trap-A-Holics sample, “Damn Son Where'd Ya Find This,” passed through the lips of millions of festival attendees in 2012.
Coming from Chi-town, J2K and Autobot have been in the DJ game for several years, but the birth of trap-style has brought the duo much success. We can't wait to see what Flosstradamus conjures up in 2013.