Introducing a new column for anything that doesn’t belong elsewhere, Miscellaneous. Most likely it will consists of columns such as this listing things of various nature. It can be whatever we want, of course. Anyway, I think this is a really fun way to get things started. First things first: what exactly constitutes a ‘banger’? Some people call normal rap songs bangers, while some will only consider the vibrating-est house jams. It’s a wide range of material, for sure. For our purposes, we’ll define it as anything electronic that hits hard, gets stuck in your head, and creates an infectious, fun atmosphere. Bangers may not have a reputation for being thought provoking, but God, are these ten songs dance provoking, head-nod provoking, whatever you prefer. By the way, these ten songs are listed in no particular order. Feel free to play them randomly and get the fun any way you slice it. Check it out, along with a full 31 minute set of the songs combined at the bottom.
1. Hudson Mohawke – Thank You
Maybe the only instance where the song’s place in the set was influenced by the song itself. It’s hard to deny that Mohawke’s “Thank You” sets the tone for the set with it’s flaring snares leading up to the soaring synths. It’s like the sounds of walking in slow motion.
2. Big Chocolate – Blue Milk
Next, as things slow down, we transition into “Blue Milk”: a classic bass roller full of schizophrenic buzz hiccups and DJ one liners. “Fuck wit me!”
3. Bassnectar – Ping Pong
Dubstep is a subgenre that gets out of hand occasionally, losing it’s character and sounding the same regardless who’s making it. Bassnectar keeps it original here, splicing in soundbites of bouncing ping pong balls which create the rhythm for the track as the electronics overtake everything else.
4. Calvin Harris and Dillon Francis – Here 2 China (ft. Dizzee Rascal)
Our first collaboration. Dizzee Rascal goes in on this roller coaster produced by Harris and Francis. Not much better than the perfect bass and clap party beat being accompanied by hype verses.
5. Hudson Mohawke – Cbat
Need to dedicate this one to Workaholics. The song is played as the characters wake up outside their house from a raging party the night before at the beginning of the Season 2 premiere. For a show about guys who love to party, they’ve nailed the soundtrack.
6. TNGHT – Goooo
A couple of Hudson Mohawke tracks on the set by now, check out TNGHT. It’s Mohawke and Lunice combined, who had several solo tracks that narrowly missed this list. He’s definitely worth checking out as well.
7. Flosstradamus – Rollup
Rollup is interesting because it begins as one of those crystallized, slow bangers then all of the sudden it’s that brutal bass buzzer. Probably the most hypnotizing bass hook on the set.
8. Eprom – Regis Chillbin
Do a little settling down before the finale. What better way than the calm, click-clacking of “Regis Chillbin”? What a title.
9. Calvin Harris – Mansion
Really cool, glossy track from Harris. Pretty bummed that this track wasn’t available in full on SoundCloud. Listen to the full thing on YouTube, it’s great.
10. Harry Fraud – Yacht Lash (ft. Earl Sweatshirt & Riff Raff)
Remember what I said earlier about nothing better than a banger with featured rappers? Yeah, Earl Sweatshirt kills it. Even Riff Raff is fun to listen to on a banger like this.
Full List Combined Set:
Hope that you were introduced to some new people, bobbed your head along, and got pumped listening to the set. Throw a party to it.