London Future & Djemba Djemba Break The Mold Of Trap With “Look At Me Now”
The current landscape of electronic music is undergoing an ostentatious metamorphosis. The “fuck genres” movement has captured the imagination of fans, labels and artists alike. It seems that everyday new unique artists release a slew of phenomenal tracks that do not fall neatly into the preconceived categories that many in our community are so eager to hold onto. Although there will always be a place in the world for steady genres of house, drum & bass, glitch and trance (Dubstep is another story entirely.), the advent of trap style has opened the door for an exciting new generation of artists who are creating thrilling new forms of bass music. Trap seems to be slowly but surely becoming a dirty word in the electronic community, the same way dubstep almost became taboo two or three years ago. However, trap has always been an American incarnation, and no matter how many new ravers want to believe that trap is a brand new genre that has been birthed in the last year or so, that is simply not the case.
So what’s my point? In order not to be pigeonholed into the stigma of a “trap artist,” many new producers are finding ways to incorporate trap style into their music without allowing it to become hackneyed. It seems that the concern for being labeled as a producer who only puts out trap tunes has allowed invention to blossom. There are many redeeming qualities in trap, the scintillating drum patterns, pulse-racing hi-hats, bone-rattling bass lines, and all those adrenaline-filled samples (Who doesn’t like a well placed siren every now and again?). So it’s not surprising that you can find elements of trap in many new tracks, though they aren’t considered flat out trap songs, ensuring that the artists who produce them aren’t considered one trick ponies.
Enter two artists who embody this idea perfectly, Djemba Djemba and London Future. These two Mad Decent producers are poster boys for future bass music. By incorporating elements of trap and U.K. bass, they have been able to distinguish themselves as immensely talented artists who do not easily fall into one genre. Djemba Djemba has been making a name for himself for quite some time now, partnering with Mr. Carmack on some incredible tracks. However, he has also proven that he is more than capable of pushing out some truly progressive and thought-provoking tracks without sacrificing grit or intensity.
London Future is a very exciting new prospect, who has been pushed to the forefront of the next wave of Mad Decent artists. The 21 year old Trinidadian’s debut track “Look At Me Now,” which features vocalist Ifa Sayo, and was produced side by side with the aforementioned Djemba Djemba is undeniably radiant. The track begins with a smooth synth-filled vocal rise that almost lulls the listener into a false sense of security before raining fire down upon them from the heavens. If this is what we can expect from this Diplo protege, the young man will have a long and exciting career. The video for their collaborative effort is a trippy, off-center sci-fi flick, which suits the space-aged theme of this duo’s sound. Check out more sizzling tracks from London Future and Djemba Djemba below.