It’s official. 2012 is the year of instrumental trap music. Everyone from hip-hop beatsmiths (Flosstradamus) to underground retro-ravers (@LILINTERNET) to the majority of Mad Decent’s crew have been indulging in the trap craze. The latest artist to try their hand at trap is Mad Decent cohort and moombahton specialist Dillon Francis. In March of last year, Francis released the electro-moombah epic “Masta Blasta” on his ‘Westside!’ EP. Along with that and the Diplo, Maluca-assisted mega-hit “Que Que”, Francis asserted himself as one of, if not the most eminent moombahton producers of 2011.
Although the game has changed considerably this year, Mr. Francis has reupholstered “Masta Blasta” on his new track “Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)” in an attempt to adapt to electronic music’s ever-evolving sonic landscape. He is actually quite successful at compounding subtle moombah rhythms with the explosive bass, crisp 808 snares, and wailing siren samples that are typical of trap music. Dillon even came up with a special name for this unique genre hybrid: ‘trap-a-thon’. Now that you have all the information and you’ve heard my opinion, answer me this, “Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)”: work of originality or a leap onto the trap bandwagon?