Trap music’s influence on music is a low-key development that’s given loop based music a proverbial kick in the ass, creating a new “audio church” undergirded by a steady roll of hi-hats, snares and percussion that updates any recording to “current” status if used. Here’s what happens when you turn Trap music on in 2015: the dance-floor jumps when introduced and the heart thumps when played in private, creating a lively and aggressive soundscape for a sad concrete world that seems to increasingly drown in apathy and drug use. And one, if you ask Toronto/Vancouver co-resident and rapper TimeBMB, is an alarmingly accurate reflection of low-income segments of our society.
In his debut project Chuuch, TimeBMB uses plenty of existing pop culture narrative to paint the underworld a certain color of danger that’s sounds so urgent you get the feeling it might be happening next door. Dark thunderous trap symphonies are the foundation on which he lets his fiery flow surf, a rollercoaster of verbiage paired with dark themes that makes for a spooky 808-heavy listening session. Apparent most in “Tonight”, TimeBMB is at his best, making sparce street anthems that require a subwoofer for maximum appreciation. In support are OGG upstart Larry June, 1017 Bricksquad representer YG Hootie and a feature by SD on the bonus track. Definitely worth a listen.