Genre Analysis Tropical Trap

 

Boxinbox & Lionsize – Love from Above (Feat.Sr Wilson)

Artist: Boxinbox & Lionsize

Released: 

Format: Digital

Genre: Tropical Trap

Tempo: 100bpm

Time signature: 4/4

Genre/influence:  Tropical Trap

Tropical Trap is a sub genre of trap music witch is defined by its instrumentation include 808 kick drums, heavy extended sub-bass lines, double timed, triple-time and other faster time division hi-hats. Tropical trap uses softer instrumentation then trap music and is usually written slower (100 bpm).

Para-musical content:

Boxinbox & Lionsize have intended to make an upbeat track that conveys love and happiness. With so much negativity in the world it is important to remember to love yourself and remind yourself that you have self worth. This is reinforced using a major key structure and an upbeat rhythm.

Aesthetic content:

The Vocals in this track are big and powerful with heavy processing and sit wide in the track with stereo imaging. The electric guitar is also heavily processed processed with FX like chorus and reverb making the original electric guitar sound almost unrecognisable. The guitar continues throughout offbeat and coveys a reggae vibe. The track Vocal samples and chop are used as an instrument in the drop that are also heavily processed with lots of reverb.

 

Song structure:

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Song breakdown:

SONIC QUALITIES

Frequency Range: 80Hz to 19 KHz

Dynamic Range: – 45db to -20db

Instrumentation:

Guitar – (Electric)
Timbre – Electric – Clean
Dynamics – – 40db to -25db
Velocity – up strum
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency – 400Hz to 6KHz
Time Domain – reverb (small room)
Processing – EQ, HPF, Delay, Chorus

Bass (808)
Timbre – Muffled,
Articulation – plucked
Dynamics – -40db to -30db
Velocity – Medium
Stereo Image: Centred
Frequency – 80Hz to 320Hz
Processing – EQ
Envelope – Fast attack, Short decay, Soft sustain, Long Realise

Drum – (bongos, clap)
Timbre – Soft, clean
Dynamics – – 45db
Velocity – Medium
Stereo Image: Paned left
Frequency -500Hz to 16kHz
Time Domain – Reverb, Delay
Processing – HPF, EQ

Pad-
Timbre – Clear
Dynamics – -45db to -35db
Stereo Image: Wide, Background
Frequency -500Hz to 10kHz
Processing – HPF, EQ
Envelope – Medium attack, Short decay, Loud sustain, long Realise
Tempo – 110bpm

Rhythm: – On Beat
Time signature – 4/4,
Phrase structure – 32 bars, Repetitive

Intro Description:

The track starts with an electric guitar. The guitar has a slap delay and is heavily processed. Bongos and claps cut through the mix clean. Vocals are fat and doubled from multiple takes.

Verse 1:
SONIC QUALITIES

Frequency Range: 80Hz to 19 KHz

Dynamic Range: – 45db to -15db

Instrumentation:

Guitar – (Electric)
Timbre – Electric – Clean
Dynamics – – 40db to -25db
Velocity – up strum
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency – 400Hz to 6KHz
Time Domain – reverb (small room)
Processing – EQ, HPF, Delay, Chorus

Bass (808)
Timbre – Muffled,
Articulation – plucked
Dynamics – -40db to -30db
Velocity – Medium
Stereo Image: Centred
Frequency – 80Hz to 320Hz
Processing – EQ
Envelope – Fast attack, Short decay, Soft sustain, Long Realise

Drum – (bongos, clap)
Timbre – Soft, clean
Dynamics – – 45db
Velocity – Medium
Stereo Image: Paned left
Frequency -500Hz to 16kHz
Time Domain – Reverb, Delay
Processing – HPF, EQ

Pad-
Timbre – Clear
Dynamics – -45db to -35db
Stereo Image: Wide, Background
Frequency – 500Hz to 10kHz
Processing – HPF, EQ
Envelope – Medium attack, Short decay, Loud sustain, long Realise

Vocal –
Timbre – Clear, Fat
Dynamics – -25db to -15db
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency – 160Hz to 10 KHz
Time Domain – reverb (large room)
Processing – HPF, EQ, Compression

Synth (Brass)
Timbre – Clear
Dynamics – -45db to -35db
Stereo Image: Wide
Frequency -500Hz to 19kHz
Processing – HPF, EQ
Envelope – Fast attack, Short decay, Loud sustain, long Realise

Tempo – 110bpm

Rhythm: – On Beat
Time signature – 4/4,
Phrase structure – 32 bars, Repetitive

Verse 1 Description:

A synth is added that opens up a HPF as the track progresses. There is a sub bass in the higher registered of the track the brigs a reggae vibe. Before the drop is a reverse vocal of the sample used in the drop.

Drop (Instremental):
SONIC QUALITIES

Frequency Range: 20Hz to 19 KHz

Dynamic Range: – 45db to -10db

Instrumentation:

Guitar – (Electric)
Timbre – Electric – Clean
Dynamics – – 40db to -25db
Velocity – up strum
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency – 400Hz to 6KHz
Time Domain – reverb (small room)
Processing – EQ, HPF, Delay, Chorus

Bass (808)
Timbre – hard, heavy
Articulation – plucked
Dynamics – -20db to -10db
Velocity – hard
Stereo Image: Centred
Frequency – 20Hz to 320Hz
Processing – EQ, Side chain
Envelope – Fast attack, Short decay, Soft sustain, Long Realise

Drum – (Kick, Hi Hat, bongos, clap)
Timbre – Soft, clean
Dynamics – -30db to -10db
Velocity – hard
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency -20Hz to 12kHz
Time Domain – Reverb (small Room)
Processing – HPF, EQ, Compression

Pad-
Timbre – Clear
Dynamics – -45db to -35db
Stereo Image: Wide, Background
Frequency -500Hz to 10kHz
Processing – HPF, EQ, Side chain
Envelope – Medium attack, Short decay, Loud sustain, long Realise

Vocal Chop
Timbre – Clear, Fat
Dynamics – -25db to -15db
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency – 160Hz to 10 KHz
Time Domain – reverb (large room)
Processing – HPF, EQ, Compression
Tempo – 110bpm

Rhythm: – On Beat
Time signature – 4/4,
Phrase structure – 32 bars, Repetitive

Drop Description:

The main melody is made from a vocal chop that is heavily processed. A piano keeps the reggae vibe throughout the track and sub bass is brought back to the lower bass registered of the track.

Pre Chours (Build):
SONIC QUALITIES

Frequency Range: 20Hz to 19 KHz

Dynamic Range: – 45db to -10db

Instrumentation:

Bass (808)
Timbre – hard, heavy
Articulation – plucked
Dynamics – -20db to -10db
Velocity – hard
Stereo Image: Centred
Frequency – 20Hz to 320Hz
Processing – EQ, Side chain
Envelope – Fast attack, Short decay, Soft sustain, Long Realise

Drum – (Kick, clap, bongos)
Timbre – Soft, clean
Dynamics – -30db to -10db
Velocity – hard
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency -20Hz to 19kHz
Time Domain – Reverb (small Room)
Processing – HPF, EQ, Compression

Pad-
Timbre – Clear
Dynamics – -45db to -35db
Stereo Image: Wide, Background
Frequency -500Hz to 10kHz
Processing – HPF, EQ, Side chain
Envelope – Medium attack, Short decay, Loud sustain, long Realise

Vocal Chop
Timbre – Clear
Dynamics – -25db to -15db
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency – 160Hz to 10 KHz
Time Domain – reverb (large room) Automation on wet 100% with long decay
Processing – HPF, EQ, Compression

Vocal
Timbre – Clear, Fat
Dynamics – -25db to -15db
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency – 160Hz to 10 KHz
Time Domain – reverb (large room)
Processing – HPF, EQ, Compression

Tempo – 110bpm

Rhythm: – On Beat
Time signature – 4/4,
Phrase structure – 32 bars, Repetitive

Pre Chorus Description:

A long sub bass is added to create a brake between verse 2 and the drop. There is a reverse reverb of the vocal sample before the drop to build tension. Lastly there is a vocal where the instrumental drops out before singing “a love from above”.

Bridge (Brake drown):
SONIC QUALITIES

Frequency Range: 80Hz to 19 KHz

Dynamic Range: – 45db to -15db

Instrumentation:

Guitar – (Electric)
Timbre – Electric – Clean
Dynamics – – 40db to -25db
Velocity – up strum
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency – 400Hz to 6KHz
Time Domain – reverb (small room)
Processing – EQ, HPF, Delay, Chorus

Bass (808)
Timbre – Muffled,
Articulation – plucked
Dynamics – -40db to -30db
Velocity – Medium
Stereo Image: Centred
Frequency – 80Hz to 320Hz
Processing – EQ
Envelope – Fast attack, Short decay, Soft sustain, Long Realise

Drum – (hi hat)
Timbre – Soft, clean
Dynamics – – 45db
Velocity – Medium
Stereo Image: Paned left
Frequency -500Hz to 16kHz
Time Domain – Reverb, Delay
Processing – HPF, EQ

Pad-
Timbre – Clear
Dynamics – -45db to -35db
Stereo Image: Wide, Background
Frequency -500Hz to 10kHz
Processing – HPF, EQ
Envelope – Medium attack, Short decay, Loud sustain, long Realise

Vocal Chop
Timbre – Clear, Fat
Dynamics – -25db to -15db
Stereo Image: Narrow
Frequency – 160Hz to 10 KHz
Time Domain – reverb (large room)
Processing – HPF, EQ, Compression

Synth (Brass)
Timbre – Clear, Bright
Dynamics – -45db to -15db
Stereo Image: Wide
Frequency -500Hz to 19kHz
Processing – HPF, EQ
Envelope – Fast attack, Short decay, Loud sustain, long Realise

Organ
Timbre – Clear, Bright
Dynamics – -45db to -15db
Stereo Image: Wide
Frequency -500Hz to 12kHz
Processing – HPF, EQ
Envelope – Fast attack, Short decay, Loud sustain, long Realise

Tempo – 110bpm

Rhythm: – On Beat
Time signature – 4/4,
Phrase structure – 32 bars, Repetitive

Bridge Description:

In this section there is a brass synths that overcomes the mix and create a uplifting feel. Organs are placed in the background to strengthen the brass and give it some power. There is a piano in the background keeping the reggae vibe.

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