The Launchpad is a biweekly series showcasing hot new music hand selected by our staff. The tracks in these curated playlists come from both underground and mainstream artists that we love. If you’d like to see your music featured in the Launchpad, you can submit it for consideration here.

Our latest iteration of Launchpad showcases some of the hottest trap and bass sounds being played right now. Today’s playlist features producers big and small, but all share a similar vision of what makes an exceptionally heavy bass track.


Play Me Records are known for their massive releases, spanning across a variety of bass-heavy genres. The imprint’s latest comes from Ahee, a rising producer based out of LA-based. “Fire” is an impressive addition to the artist’s portfolio with its unapologetic broken beat, punctuated snares, and transposed vocal samples.

The Weeknd and Daft Punk’s “Starboy” is undeniably one of the biggest records of the past year. Freyah Martell is among the many artists to tackle a remix of the chart-topping collaboration, brushing up the household favorite with an epic makeover. Keeping the original synths of the major hit intact, Freyah Martell’s remix is a tasteful fusion of the core essence of “Starboy” with very pleasing synth melodies and vocals from Freyah herself.

Rather than give their spin on a contemporary hit, underground talents Parks N’ Wreck have set their sights toward the past. The duo offers a trap rendition Nancy Sinatra’s”Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” is no exception. Originally released in 1966, the track received a resurgence when it was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Parks N’ Wreck strategically channel Tarantino’s intensity by using the original lyrics and an array of clever gun-reloading samples to build ferocious tension throughout the remix.

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