December 10, 2014 / 10:21 pm

Top 10: Trap Songs of 2014


Void actually exceeded expectations.
The Big Sean collaboration “Kingpin” will skyrocket him in terms of popularity.
His trademark earth shaking bass, best showed off in “Core”.
All reasons to believe the (incredible amount of) hype surrounding RL Grime.




Carmada capitalized big time off of the success of “Maybe” and used a 4th quarter push, fueled by one of the year’s most ambitious EPs, to end up alongside the likes of RL Grime, Jack U and What So Not on a recent Triple J mix. Replace the wildly unique drop in “Realise” with a catchy chorus and it could easily be a pop tune found in the thick of the top 40. That speaks volumes about the guest vocal performance from Noah Slee.


In a year where PC Music produced so many wonderful twee pop tunes (see: “Hey QT”), their most visceral effort, Sophie’s “Hard”, left the largest impact on audiences. Its in-your-face, genre-bending future tone is the perfect canvas for Sophie’s pitched-up vocal.


Baauer can exhale. He’s not a one hit wonder. Releases like this VIP of “One Touch” prove Baauer’s staying power in the electronic landscape and his collaborations with the likes of AlunaGeorge and Rae Sremmurd show off his range as a songmaker. 2014’s best Moombahton track gives fans a strong reason to be excited for 2015 and the release of Baauer’s freshman LP.


What’s not to love about “Pretty With Her Eyes Low”? There’s the Rick Ross grunt sample. The verse, which essentially serves Diplo’s answer to Beyonce’s “Partition”. The menacing strings. The fact that this was a free release as a part of “Diplo’s 1 Million Facebook Follower Bootleg Pack”. Grandtheft and Diplo prove once again that they are a golden production team, see remixes of “Summer” and “Sweet Nothing” for further proof.


The drumroll that begins at :52. The way the bass holds out just a split second longer than you think it will. It’s as if Lido is just toying with the competition and in many ways he is. 2014 was Lido’s year. No question. In his only voyage into trap music, he crafted one of the year’s best tracks in the genre.


If only this version of the M.I.A. track was used in the Nissan commercial that seemingly every channel shoved down the cable watching public’s collective throat this summer. Valentino Khan and Bro Safari team up for three minutes of unbridled energy and madness on this YALA remix. Massive low-end synths and a flurry of gunshot and shattered glass samples come together to form the biggest triumph of either artist’s career.


How could anyone take Flume’s remix of “Hyperparadise” by Hermitude and improve upon it? The thing was an absolute masterpiece. By reversing the vocals in the intro and letting the chord progression fly loose at the drop, GANZ gave the track an absolutely gorgeous new flavor.


How could anything else end up in the top spot? Jack U, the super-duo comprised of OWSLA boss Skrillex and Mad Decent front man Diplo, dominated the scene in the second half of 2014. Between a legendary Diplo & Friends mix, looming collaborations with Nicky Da B, 2 Chainz, Snails, and AlunaGeroge among others, and an upcoming NYE show at Madison Square Garden, the duo rolled out their new project in grandiose style. The upcoming Jack U tape is the Watch The Throne of electronic music; two titans of the field combining to create a product that makes all other attempts sound laughable. The lead single off the release, “Take U There”, uses budding pop star Keisza’s vocals to set the stage for a drop that is truly one of a kind. In a world where Jack U has no contemporaries, it is fitting that there is no song that matches the brilliance and innovation of “Take U There”.