Let’s not mince words here. Taylor Swift is ultimate and thusly, Red blasted onto the scene in a fiery blaze. It sold 1.2 million copies in its first week in the US, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and scored the highest number one debut in the US for the 2010s decade so far. Red is also Swift’s first chart-topper in the UK and has topped the album charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. All of this reinforces the clearly evident fact that Lady Swift is here to stay (in case there were any doubts – I know you’re out there, skeptics).
Another music movement here to stay (yes, Swift was just likened to a movement right there, deal with it) is the emergence of DJ programming and Trap music. Skrillex and Ellie Goulding, the first couple of dubstep, have made the sound a lot more accessible and to an extent have primed the ears of audiences everywhere for the movement of strong bass and reverberant drum beats into the mainstream. Even on Red itself there’s a stronger use of bass, particularly in the track ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ which is lovely and wonderful in it’s own right. Taking it one step further is Sir Johnny Danger. Danger is working closely with Sky Ferriera (an artist also worth checking out IYDKNYK) as her DJ/Keyboardist, but he lent his talents to blowing out the baseline of ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ to magical results. This remix elevates both Taylor’s vocals while showing the actual versatility of the song behind the song. It’s compulsively consumable. Get ready for some ear-candy.