Yellow Claw makes with volume two of ‘Amsterdam Trap Music’ series [EP Review]
Amsterdam trap outfit Yellow Claw has spiralled onto the global radar with relentless force, using their own Barong Family imprint and a worthy relationship with Diplo’s Mad Decent to purge the waters of the genre with their unapologetically twisted style. Some will argue this spiral started with the Amsterdam Trap Music EP, others with seminal crossover hit “Shotgun,” but as the trio returns for volume two of the aforementioned short-player the stakes have never been higher for a statement from trap’s hottest European ambassadors.
Amsterdam Trap Music Volume Two is decked with collaborations from start-to-finsih, making for what is sure to have been a licencing nightmare behind the scenes, but an intriguing run at the series for the modern market. Kick-started with Diplo, Waka Floka Flame and LNY TNZ collaboration “Techno,” an onslaught of heavy-footed trap, dry hip-hop chants and an elusive hard-style ending seals one hell of an opening note courtesy of the road tested festival favorite. “Dance Hall Soldier” packs a similarly versatile edge, with infamous genre veteran Beenie Man on hand to give the track an infectious backbone before transferring over to the sharp and percussive vibes of “Kaolo, Pt. 2.” Its finale comes in the form of “Never Dies,” a statement track alongside Lil Eddie that raises the bar for this weird and wonderful balance of relentless music with radio edge the trio now calls their own. If you ever needed an aural example of just how far Yellow Claw has taken the sound of trap, Amsterdam Trap Music Vol 2 is a firm embodiment of that relentless pursuit that has never sounded more convincing than it does today.
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