For a 15 year old, Alex Young sure seems to have a good grasp on what it takes to set oneself apart from the crowd. Hailing from Washington, D.C., Young is only several months young in the EDM world and has already released several originals and remixes in the moombahton and trap genres. As was the case with dubstep and moombahton as they were on the rise, trap music has succumbed to the same “faddy” status and, as a result, a lot of the trap that crosses my ears these days is pure shit. And I’m sorry to be so blunt, but it’s true. Truth be told, I’m a true believer in trap music and its staying power; the dance moves and energy I’ve seen people pull out when RL Grime’s “Trap on Acid” or Luminox’s “Rattle” remix comes on during a live set is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Which is why I believe Alex Young really may be onto something here. His latest two originals “Relapse” and “Palm Trees” don’t follow the same formula that every trap “producer” seems to think they have nailed: add a trap beat to an otherwise normal song and hope to strike it big. He take risks and liberties. “Palm Trees” uses lyrics from Katy Perry and switches seamlessly between trap and moombah while “Relapse” takes beat juggling to heart with the samples, again showing Young’s skill to switch between tempos effortlessly. Big up’s to this kid and I hope big things await him in the future. I wish I was this talented when I was 15.

Alex Young – Relapse

Alex Young – Palm Trees

Bonus, just because it’s epic:

RL Grime – Trap On Acid