This year, a number of massive collaborations erupted onto our SoundCloud pages and changed the dance music game. From combining different genres to unearthing new sounds, 25 producer collaborations hit us hard and were worthy of being praised for their innovation and creativity. Check out our top 25 favorite producer collaborations of 2018 list below.
Run the Trap’s Top 25 Producer Collaborations Of 2018 | SoundCloud Playlist
25. A-Trak & Falcons – Ride For Me (feat. Young Thug & 24hrs)
Fool’s Gold Records has been home to some of the most monumental records of all time but none as historic as A-Trak and Falcons‘ collaborative single “Ride For Me“. The forward-thinking production on this track perfectly vibes with the dynamic hip-hop combination of Young Thug and rising rapper 24hrs. To put it simply, this collaboration bangs.
24. QUIX & Vincent – Hero (feat. David Shane)
Trap wizards QUIX and Vincent collided to bring forward an intense record that is the definition of a heater. “Hero” has made its rotation through countless DJ sets around the world with a presence that is unparalleled. The hard-hitting trap banger brings forth the best of both these talented producers.
23. SLANDER X Crankdat – Kneel Before Me (ft. Asking Alexandria)
SLANDER had a massive year between their The Headbangers Ball EP and collaborations alongside SAYMYNAME, WAVEDASH, and Seven Lions. One of their most monstrous collaborations to date enlisted rising trap star Crankdat and English rock band Asking Alexandria for the electronic-rock banger the world desperately needed. “Kneel Before Me” is a manic dubstep collaboration that opens the portal to hell. Brutal and gnarly, SLANDER and Crankdat wreaked havoc with this collab that will live on to conquer DJ sets for years to come.
22. Zeds Dead X DNMO – We Could Be Kings (ft. Tzar)
Since the inception of Zeds Deads‘ Deadbeats label, the bass duo have continuously shined a spotlight on major up and comers. Amidst a slew of collaborations with the likes of Jauz, Snails, and 1000Volts, Zeds Dead tapped rising UK producer DNMO for an exceptional banger. “We Could Be Kings” is the bass-pop anthem the world desperately needed and is a true collaboration that brings out the best in each of these producers.
21. A-Trak & YehMe2 – Prayer Hands
A-Trak and YehMe2 teamed up for a massive DJ weapon that has a cemented place in house history. As part of their collaborative Skat Men EP out via Fool’s Gold Records, “Prayer Hands” delivered an unorthodox soundscape ready to take on any club scene. “Prayer Hands” not only solidified YehMe2 as one of the most dynamic producers in the game but also showcased his creativity when it comes to collaboration.
20. Slushii – There x2 (ft. Marshmello)
Marshmello and Slushii are two of the biggest names in the game and their collaborative single “There x2” was absolutely magical. Vibrant and beautifully produced, the combination of producers crafted a whimsical, emo-scented future bass track. Crazed with massive dance vibes, this collaboration slaps.
19. Snails & Adventure Club – Follow Me (ft. Sara Diamond)
Snails hyped his SLIMEAGEDDON EP with one of the hottest collaborations of the year. Teaming up with Adventure Club, “Follow Me” combined gut-wrenching bass drops with heart-breaking melodies of epic proportions. Together, Snails and Adventure Club created a smash single that fires on all cylinders and will live on to crush any dubstep or trap set.
18. Louis The Child & Whethan – Chop It Up
Louis The Child and Whethan each had a phenomenal year filled with bubbly future bass originals. Before embarking on a European tour together, the trio of producers joined forces to launch their gooey collaborative Honey mixtape with “Chop It Up” being a memorable favorite. With “Chop It Up”, Louis The Child and Whethan revived their future bass roots and their creativity when it comes to instrumentals, which we rarely see now from each of the producers.
17. SNBRN & Autograf – Move All Night (ft. Kole)
Autograf and SNBRN are two of the biggest names in house music so when they finally teamed up for “Move All Night“, it was almost shocking that it was the first time they collaborated. “Move All Night” certainly lived up to its name with its groove-riddled rhythms and bouncy melodies. The foursome’s robust, club-ready production brought the summer vibes to a chilly October. Together, Autograf and SNBRN created an infectious track that is the definition of dance-worthy.
16. Benny Blanco & Calvin Harris
Benny Blanco emerged this year as one of the hottest producers to make a name for himself. After spending years working behind the scenes, Blanco stepped out into the spotlight and enlisted a slew of the year’s top acts for his debut album Friends Keep Secrets. Amidst his pop and hip-hop crossovers, Benny Blanco coerced Calvin Harris into co-producing and singing on their collaborative house single “I Found You“. It was the first time Harris performed vocals on a track since his 2016 single “My Way”, which makes “I Found You” historic in its own right.
15. Ekali & Medasin – Forever (ft. Elohim)
This year, Ekali and Medasin teamed up for an unforgettable single “Forever” that soared with its whimsical future bass soundscape. Playful and shimmering, the Elohim featured track unearthed a sound we’ve never heard from either producer but is completely awe-inspiring. There’s a softness and elegance in this collaboration that separates it from their catalogs, not to mention it’s absolutely breathtaking.
14. Wolfgang Gartner X K?d – Banshee
Nothing this year was more diverse than the collaborative single between k?d and Wolfgang Gartner. With two incredibly unique styles, k?d and Wolfgang Gartner found a way to combine their respective hard-hitting trap and electrifying electro-house signatures for “Banshee“. With “Banshee”, k?d and Wolfgang Gartner truly collaborated and meshed their styles into one serious heater.
13. REZZ X 1788-L – H E X
REZZ and 1788-L‘s collaboration has become a trap staple. Garnering the most plays across her Certain Kind Of Magic album, “H E X” easily stands out with its dynamic and wild soundscape. Dark and magical, “H E X” checks off every box from intense and unrelenting to powerful and dominating. This collaboration not only cemented REZZ as one of the top producers in the game but also boosted 1788-L to new heights. This collaboration will be talked about for years to come.
12. NGHTMRE & Big Gigantic – Like That
WAVEDASH, and Pell and he still had room to add another stunner to the list. The sign of a good collaboration comes from mixing two unique sounds and that’s exactly what you get from NGHTMRE’s latest single with Big Gigantic. “Like That” pushes the bounds by mixing NGHTMRE’s signature trap with Big Gigantic’s iconic jazz-infused hip-hop.
11. Excision X Illenium – Gold (Stupid Love)
Excision and Illenium teamed up for a crushing banger that absolutely blew us away. “Gold (Stupid Love)” brought together two dynamic forces on one track and the end product was exceptional. There’s nothing tame about this collaboration, and rightfully so. It’s explosive and fearless in all the right ways and will go down in history as one of the most multi-dimensional dubstep tracks.
10. Seven Lions, SLANDER, & Dabin – First Time (ft. Dylan Matthew)
The three-way collaboration between Seven Lions, SLANDER, and Dabin can only be described as an anthemic fireball. “First Time” has already garnered over three million streams on Spotify in just two months and for good reason. The trio of producers found a way to combine their distinctive styles on one track so seamlessly that it’s almost surprising how many people are on this track.
9. Party Favor X Baauer – MDR
Party Favor and Baauer unleashed a high-energy banger that has run rampant through the trap world. “MDR” is grimy and explosive and is one of those tracks that just goes off from the get-go. Party Favor and Baauer brought forth a powerful original filled with layers of creativity that just oozes brilliance. This track was made to bang in any club or festival set.
8. Boombox Cartel X Flosstradamus – ID | Stream
Trap legends Boombox Cartel and Flosstradamus teamed up for a smash heater that was absolutely historic. “ID” builds into a wild and iconic whirlwind of trap and bass that is absolutely phenomenal. The combination of Boombox Cartel and Flosstradamus is truly a match made in heaven.
7. Alison Wonderland X SLUMBERJACK – Sometimes Love
Alison Wonderland‘s wondrous sophomore album Awake was one of the biggest highlights of the year. Amidst the future bass bangers and vulnerable pop-tinged vocals, Alison Wonderland linked with fellow Aussies SLUMBERJACK for “Sometimes Love”. Their collaboration was the dark and dangerous trap banger that lifted her album to new heights.
6. Ekali & ZHU – Blame
Ekali had a major year filled with collaborations alongside Medasin, SLUMBERJACK, and TYNAN, and capped it off with his highly-anticipated Crystal Eyes EP out via OWSLA. But he kicked off the year with one his most monstrous collaborations to date. For “Blame“, Ekali teamed up with ZHU, and together they crafted an unimaginable banger. It’s incredible that two producers with such distinctive styles were able to combine their future trap and house signatures in one flawless record and it’s positively inspiring.
5. Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer & Tory Lanez – Miss You
Cashmere Cat and Major Lazer‘s single “Miss You” was monumental, not only because the duo crafted a gorgeous track but also because it was the first time that the two collaborated. Both have been major forces driving the evolution of electronic music into mainstream pop, bridging a relationship between A-list pop vocalists with top-notch producers to create a new world of dance-pop music. “Miss You” was a staple of that burgeoning genre this year.
4. The Chainsmokers & NGHTMRE – Save Yourself
The Chainsmokers and NGHTMRE teased their collaborative single “Save Yourself” in their respective Ultra and EDC Las Vegas sets before giving it a proper release in August. When it finally dropped, ears erupted from the dangerous blast of bass and heavy-hitting dubstep. Unlike The Chainsmokers’ typical pop-centric originals, NGHTMRE kicked them into gear to turn up on monumental levels. This collaboration definitely will not be forgotten anytime soon.
3. What So Not & Skrillex – Goh (feat. KLP)
Two years ago, Skrillex and What So Not teamed up with RL Grime for an unimaginable collaboration “Waiting”. While this may not be their first collaboration, Skrillex’s appearance on What So Not’s Not All The Beautiful Things album was definitely one of the highlights of the year. Their collaborative single “Goh” resurrects their signature trap vibes with crisp, modern production that will make your heart soar. Amidst the slew of melodic future bass tracks, “Goh” is the most hard-hitting on What So Not’s debut album and stands to be an iconic thriller for years to come.
2. Jauz & DJ Snake – Gassed Up
Stacking two superstars on one collaboration is a difficult task but Jauz and DJ Snake handled it phenomenally. Their double-time bass-house banger “Gassed Up” more than lived up to its name and set on a warpath to destroy dancefloors everywhere. Jauz and DJ Snake geared up to create an absolutely savage original that even described as electrifying, hard-hitting, and earth-shattering is still saying too little.
1. JOYRYDE & SKRILLEX – AGEN WIDA
JOYRYDE and Skrillex‘s “AGEN WIDA” was one of the biggest, most anticipated collaborations of the year. The monumental track not only revived bass-house, but also brought the duo of legends back into the forefront after a quiet year. The wild banger is one that will surely be played for years to come.
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