THE DROP: Featuring Dr. Ozi, HeRobust, Kai Wachi and More

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While electronic music is generally not the main focus of Under The Gun’s coverage, there are quite a few members of our team who enjoy everything from dubstep and d&b to hardstyle and house. Thus, staff writer Michael Giegerich is heading the revival of The Drop, a retired column some longtime readers may remember.

Focusing on producers who aren’t headlining Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland (not yet, anyway), this list will provide you with five artists and their must-hear tracks. If you have any suggestions for who should be added to the next edition of this feature, contact us on Twitter and let us know.

HeRobust – “Get Busted”

Hailing from this writer’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, HeRobust is on the fast track to becoming absolutely massive within the electronic music scene.  Not only does the guy know how to put on an extremely lively show, but his genre-melding music is equally gigantic. “Get Busted” is one of the many trapstep efforts where HeRobust combines the snare tapping swagger of trap with dubstep wobbles to create an insanely hyped up tune just waiting to be thrown down during his sets.

Yellowcard – “Ocean Avenue” (Kasum Remix)

Kasum has displayed a knack for turning songs from all genres into melodic dubstep anthems, and his remix of Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue” is no different. The addition of towering synths accentuates the emotion of the pop-punk classic along with fittingly dazzling drops that are the icing on the cake. Hit play and try not to sing along too loud as the nostalgia rushes through the air.

Kai Wachi – “Medusa”

While the aforementioned HeRobust makes fantastic trapstep, Idaho based producer Kai Wachi is in a completely different category of his own. Rather than aiming for making music to do invisible pull-ups to, he opts to reside in electronic music’s darker side. With brooding atmospheres that become host to pure filth in the form of thundering bass and slamming percussion, cuts such as “Medusa” are so relentless, the addition of a woman moaning to the sonic mix is not as sexual as it is utterly creepy.

Black Sun Empire & Noisia – Hideous (Dr. Ozi Remix)

When it comes to consistent, quality bass music, look no further than Dr. Ozi. Case and point: the duo’s remix of Black Sun Empire & Noisia’s “Hideous.” While it is a fantastic d&b track in its own right, the duo of Nix Chohan and Christian Boyd flip it on its head to make a grinding dubstep cut with growls and snarls aplenty.

Stephan Jacobs – “Build the Sky” (B.R.E.E.D Remix)

Injecting a dosage of soulful influence into his productions, B.R.E.E.D creates some of the most organic sounding electronic music around. While not necessarily similar in sound, the fluid nature of his work is comparable to that of artists such as Pretty Lights and GRiZ. This is especially evident on his remix of Stephan Jacobs’ “Build the Sky” as the glitch hop cut begs listeners to dance to the flow of the music as it ebbs and flows into the night.

Mike Giegerich

Mike Giegerich is a freelance journalist with an affinity for the hip-hop scene. His top-five favorite records of all time are Future's last five releases. Feel free to blow up his mentions on Twitter.
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