The Future of Trap: What So Not | Artist Spotlight [Free Download]

It would certainly appear as if signing to OWSLA was in Chris and Harley’s best interest as their past two releases, “Touched” and “Jaguar”, have accumulated nearly one million listens on SoundCloud in less than a month (with countless other views on other various social media platforms, like YouTube). In fact, their most recent release, which dropped today, has already accumulated 150K views as of 3:30 PM CST. The sheer size of these numbers are no coincidence however. This collaborative duo, What So Not, between Harley Streten (the Future Sensation) of Flume and Chris Emerson of Emoh, is a match made in heaven.

The self-proclaimed voice of the A.D.D. generation, What So Not specializes in their own form of futuristic, Afro-beat and trap influenced productions. Their sound is utterly pure, unique and nothing short of progressive. As we have mentioned previously, Trap music needs an artist(s) to breathe fresh air into an increasingly stale genre. The young Australian producer, Harley Streten of Flume, has been redefining electronic music as we know it for the past few years. With the help of Chris Emerson and Skrillex (of OWSLA), this group is the future of American Trap Music.

What So Not was formulated in late twenty eleven with the release of their first EP 7 Dollar Bill. Gaining attention from artists like Boys Noize, the tandem of producers proceeded to continue their take on Hip-Hop/R&B influenced EDM. In 2012, the duos remix to Major Lazer was popularized by some of the biggest names in electronic music including trap-phenoms Flosstradamus, Nero, and Diplo.

But it is specifically these last two jams by What So Not that have really got us all hot and bothered so to speak. The most recent release, “Jaguar” is the future of trap music as we know it. If you disagree, we feel sorry for you. We would just like to let the songs do the talking, however. So, without further ado, here we go.

Tryptophaning Balls With Overwerk | Conquer EP

First came Methylenedioxypyrovalerone. Then came Dextromethorphan. And now….


Forget bath salts and cat piss, there’s a new drug fad sweeping the nation. And this time, even Grandma Doris is getting in on the action. In households all across the nation, families are gathering at the dinner table to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for in the form of an American holiday called Thanksgiving. But what was once a day of rest has now become a relentless pursuit to get high. Tryptophan is typically ingested orally in the form of a large bird native to the North American forests known as a Turkey. Side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Uncontrollable Flatulence
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Reversal of Sexual Urges
  • Gynecomastia
  • Extreme Paranoia/Psychosis
  • Severe Hot and Cold and Medium Flashes
  • Dysphoria
  • Hypothermia
  • Violent diarrhea
  • Unpredictable death

So far, there is only one known method to remedy the withdrawal symptoms. It’s a new technique called A.S.S. (Auditory Stimulatory Sensation), and it’s not yet legal here in the United States. But sometimes, you have to say f*** society and give the people what they want/need. So without further ado, here’s your only dose of A.S.S. in the form of OVERWERK’s new EP, Conquer.

Use it wisely.

Röyksopp – Running To The Sea Feat. Susanne Sundfør (Seven Lions Remix)

Jeff Montalvo of Seven Lions is slowly but assuredly solidifying his spot as one of the best electronic producers in the world. It is in these times that we at Rager Onions take a step back in order to analyze the futility in things like DJ Mag’s current Top 100 DJ list. Personally, we have listened to Seven Lions’ productions and we have seen him play live sets. His abilities within both electronic music duplicities are entirely comparable to one another, so what gives with the most recent snub?

Maybe just another year is all Jeff needs; or perhaps we simply need to stop placing so much stock in dated, seemingly non-indicative polls such as the DJ Mag Top 100 Poll. It doesn’t take an entire creative team at a magazine to realize that Seven Lions’ last three productions (including this remix) have been stellar. Jeff Montalvo has not only continued to produce some of the highest quality melodic dub, but has gone against the grain and successfully experimented with the amalgamation of entirely different genres (“Serpent of Old“).

When we saw Seven Lions drop this most recent remix of Norwegian natives Röyksopp on SoundCloud, we nearly pooped ourselves. Röyksopp has such a unique sound to begin with that when combined with the glory that is Seven Lions, you cannot lose. It’s kind of funny actually. To be honest, we straight up turned off both “Serpent of Old” and “Running To The Sea” about a minute or so into listening to both tracks for the first time. BIG MISTAKE.

Give this jam some time to build and the reward will be endless.