Earlier this week, it was revealed that Elon Musk has been quietly dating Claire Boucher, aka Grimes. During Monday’s Met Gala, Elon Musk and Grimes happened to arrive together. While most people know that Grimes and RL Grime are different people, RL Grime has been trolled for the past few days about whether or not
2017 marked significant evolutions in hip hop, pop, and electronic music. The year also saw the infiltration of grime music into the mainstream through the acclaimed efforts of such artists as Stormzy, Skepta, Giggs, Wiley, and even the facetious efforts of Big Shaq on the viral hit “Man’s Not Hot.”
Emerging in London in the early 2000s, grime’s origin stems from the UK underground, where the genre was heavily influenced by the soundscapes of UK garage and jungle, as well as ragga, hip hop, and dancehall. Grime initially spread through the underground scenes on pirate radio stations such as the now infamous Rinse FM or Sunshine 855.
The genre has been described as the “most significant musical development within the UK for decades,” so its only fitting that Spotify is aligning with the times by officially recognizing grime as a genre on their platform. The update will categorize grime music and make it easier for fans to listen to and discover their favorite grime artists through curated playlists and more.
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House and techno stalwart Loco Dice has made his extended hip-hop and grime debut. News of the exciting new venture came last month when Dice announced on Instagram he would be working with longtime friends Frizzo and Kobe Hodgson on the collaborative project, FKD.
In an effort to blur the lines and push the boundaries between electronic music, trap, hip-hop, and grime — much as regions of Europe naturally do — the three artists have joined forces with BURN energy and kicked off the new project off with an all-encompassing five-track namesake EP. FKD is searing in its commencement. On “Can’t Dead On My Watch,” the three nail the sheer force of their work together by enlisting the renowned grime MC Killa P on a blistering trap beat. Hailing from Brixton, Killa P’s revered for his unique patois style and hard lyrics.
With a breadth of production experience under his belt, German DJ Frizzo has produced huge hits of the German industry’s biggest names. Kobe Hodgson also has a sprawling production CV, as he’s worked as a producer, rapper, and songwriter who’s also featured on Dice and the grime artist Giggs’ collaboration “Get Comfy.” The three have delivered a varied production as a collective effort, highlighting a vast array of talents and rising acts in the UK hip-hop and grime scene while also hinting at the inherent cultural crossovers of their music. From grime trio YGG (aka You Get Grime), London-based Kasien, the aforementioned Warrior Recordings’ talent Killa P, to the highly-acclaimed Jacques Fugee, and FKD’s own production, FKD’s nascency is an auspicious testament to the collective cultural narratives that shape and have shaped grime since its genesis.
FKD will likely be a gift that keeps on giving, given the consolidation of their exceptional music experiences. It can’t merely be a coincidence they sign off with the track, “World Domination,” after all.
Loco Dice is one of dance music’s most mercurial DJs.
The house and techno maven moves across a multitude of genres with a keen sense for how sounds reflect in their respective atmospheres. After spending what seems like a lifetime honing in on his craft, moving in and out of styles, Dice has announced the creation of his very first side project, which pushes the bounds of his expansive style even further.
Having already teamed up with the revered grime artist Giggs in the past, Dice too is making a move to the genre. His cinematic view of music has taken him to his new venture, a hip-hop side project called FKD, which he’s described as “a journey from hip hop to electronic music.” Instagram he continued on Instagram with the note that FKD “is a new platform to do something different, something new.”
FKD is a new collaborative group created by Dice and longtime friends Frizzo and Kobe Hodgson. The news comes from FKD’s Instagram teasers and their work in London with grime artists YGG and Jacques Fugee.
Considering Dice’s past and grime’s limelight ascension in mainstream hip-hop, the project comes as little surprise. FKD will release its first EP on December 15.
Hi everybody! Today I want to share with you FKD, my first musical side project. FKD was created with @itsFrizzo and @KobeHodgsonofc, my long time friends and collaborators from my early hip hop days. If you follow me and if you’re familiar with my music, you know that my roots are in hip hop. FKD is a journey from hip hop to electronic music. Stay tuned and connected with @FKDofc for more news and sounds that will follow tomorrow and in the next days. Peace, D
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When Zeds Dead announced their very own indie imprint in spring 2016, the Toronto-based dubstep pioneers were essentially making their foray into the broader sounds of bass music. Not even one year later, the iconic duo would release their first Deadbeats compilation, further solidifying the then-blossoming careers of Nebbra, REZZ, and Megalodon, among others. Along with their weekly Deadbeats Radio series, the continual hard work and ruthless output of Dylan Mamid and Zach Rapp-Rovan is beyond human.
Zeds Dead now unveils another label compilation to give fans a taste for the evolving sounds coming out of Deadbeats Records. Dubbed Deadbeats Compilation 2, the LP offers up 10 brand new tracks that explore the heavier side of bass music. Busy, stabbing synths, aggressive 808s, and garage house arpeggios mark the sonic landscape of the album. One of the standout tracks of the LP, “Freestyle Flow,” comes from trap newcomer Schlump, with its outer space-inspired sound design and otherworldly appeal.
From dubstep and grime-inspired tracks like YOOKiE‘s “Intruder Alert” and Champagne Drip‘s “Industry Black” to the bass house offerings of Nebbra’s “Get Busy” and “Bop It” from Astronomer, the entire compilation seems to spotlight the stylistic direction Mamid and Rapp-Rovan envision for their line of bass music.
Skepta caught fans off guard on Halloween with the release of his new Vicious EP.
The six-track project features cameos from the likes of A$AP Rocky, A$AP Nast, Lil B and fellow Brits Section Boyz. This is the Tottenham native’s first release since his 2015 album Konnichiwa, which won Skepta the Mercury Prize for Best Album the following year in 2016.
As a living legend of grime and an internationally acclaimed music innovator, Skepta has played a huge part in bringing UK hip-hop to a wider global audience. Earlier this year, the UK emcee appeared on both Drake‘s album More Life and A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes: Vol. 2.
London’s very own experimental trap producer TroyBoi has been hitting it hard with new releases lately — with his 20-track debut album, Left and Right, and an original single titled “Don’t Want.” The artist even made time to open up to Dancing Astronaut about his continuous rise in the electronic music scene. Now, TroyBoi is back with another brand new track while on his extensive North American tour.
The track, “Creeper,” comes as a Halloween night gift to fans featuring the artist’s signature trap-influenced undertones and dark, funeral paced progressions. The song’s true essence is built around muddled bass lines, hip-hop-styled 808 kicks, and breakbeat rhythms — all overlaid by the intro’s haunting vocal samples from the chorus of They’s “Jem.” From that point, the song progresses into a more ominous direction with a complexity that keeps listener’s glued to the track’s playful, spooky tone.
A considerable amount of time has passed since the Oregon Eclipse Gathering, but exclusive sets continue to appear online as artists upload their live acts or, in some cases, even go as far as to re-record their sets.
Now former attendees and eclipse chasers from around the globe can now enjoy sets from the likes of Bassnectar, Minnesota, CloZee, and many more, organized into stage-by-stage playlists thanks to one SoundCloud user. From the deep, dark tech house of the Sky Stage, to the psytrance of the Earth Stage, to the festival’s bass head haven at The Moon Stage, over 50 live and re-recorded sets are available for stream from Oregon’s Global Eclipse Gathering, held Aug. 17-23, 2017.
Though international eclipse festivals are often based around trance and downtempo, make no mistake that the bass, jam, and house acts are actually considered guests in this awe-inspiring, transformative festival experience. Relive sets from the Global Eclipse Gathering’s Earth, Moon, Sun, and Sky stages below.
If there’s one thing Montreal-based producer Snails has become synonymous with, its his slime-coated, grime-ridden brand of “Vomitstep” bass. When the up-and-comer released “Slugz” back in 2014, the menacing trap production would then incite the young producer’s ascension into dubstep notoriety. Hard to believe that nearly three years would pass before Snails would take the next step in his career with the release of his debut album.
The Shell is a well-conceived, expertly-executed project that spans the history of dubstep from its earliest days to its most cutting edge future. Look no further than the Liam Cormier and Travis Ritcher-assisted track, “The Anthem” or “The King Is Back” to be catapulted back to dubstep’s emergence from hard rock/metal-core. More forward-thinking tracks on the LP — from Waka Flaka and NGHTMRE collaborations to the melodic leaning HYTYD & MAX-assisted track, “To The Grave” — grant listeners a look into dubstep’s current iteration.