Four years ago, RL Grime‘s unique sound design and production arrangements took the electronic music world by storm. Since then, many in the community have hailed Henry Alfred Steinway’s debut a masterpiece, some even going so far so to reminisce on the album as trap music’s magnum opus. Unarguably, tracks like “Scylla” and “Core” have gone on to become staples in the trap music community, just as much as they have in the EDM community at large. They created an era of producers all over the world that were hoping to embody an ounce of the raw, thumping 808s that Steinway’s early material so exuded. But, Steinway has always been one to suggest that his influence would not diminish, even without directly saying the words, his annual mixes, and festival appearances have always suggested so much.
The inception of RL Grime came at a time when electronic music was at its height in the states — Skrillex‘s Recess had just been released that spring, and deadmau5 was fresh off the summer release of his album while(1<2). and now, with a visibly changed dance landscape in the states and an assimilation of the music into the very fabric of contemporary culture — what many refer to as the post-EDM era, and an age of electronic music that dips its toes in the proverbial ponds of hip-hop and pop — RL Grime’s returned with his second album, NOVA, an effort that channels the sheer potential for the genre’s production future while also providing a range of sounds that harken back to the early material that drove his project in the beginning.
On NOVA, RL Grime’s collaborations run wild. He’s created a collection of searing coalescences of melodic rap and R&B refrains from some of hip-hop and R&B heavyweights like Miguel, Jeremiah, Chief Keef, Tory Lanez, and Ty Dolla $ign; taking the depth of his project to unforeseen heights. Meanwhile, though Steinway’s beats are less concerned with trap than they used to be, his music’s fitting for the US festival circuit, with moments of sheer ecstasy, rolling drum’n’bass, and the same unfathomable drops the world has grown to know, love, and look forward to.
Technicolor hues, hi-definition psychedelic landscapes, and heart pumping cuts of a motorbike rider comprise the official music video for “Pressure,” notably RL Grime‘s last release leading up to the arrival of his sophomore album, NOVA, due out on July 27.
The action packed production capitalizes on visual thrill, engrossing viewers with its successive scenes of RL Grime’s biker navigating constantly contorting territory. The titillating nature of the video complements the single’s gritty, bass heavy technical constructions.
Listen to RL Grime’s latest NOVA heresingle, “Light Me Up,” .
RL Grime stirs fans into a frenzy with “Light Me Up” featuring Miguel & Julia Michaels — the fourth single from his highly-anticipated NOVALP slated for a July 27 release via WEDIDIT. Setting up to be an eclectic project from the versatile producer, Steinway melts hearts on this new project with cozy synths, comforting bells, and serene percussion elements. These elements sit beneath protagonists Miguel and Julia Michaels R&B/pop inspired vocals, adding onto the sentimentality already present in the piece. Passion exudes from the two singers’ voices, and RL Grime’s bed of production provides a natural resting place for them to glimmer and shine.
With singles such as “Pressure,” “Undo” featuring Jeremih & Tory Lanez, “I Wanna Know” featuring Daya, and now “Light Me Up,” NOVA is currently representing four distinct genres respectively bass, hip-hop, dance pop, and R&B. The producer known for his groundbreaking trap productions is showcasing skills outside previous conceptions for his second studio album and first album in the past four years.
1. Feel Free
2. Shrine (feat. Freya Ridings)
3. Light Me Up (feat. Miguel & Julia Michaels)
4. Undo (feat. Jeremih & Tory Lanez)
5. Take It Away (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & TK Kraviz)
6. OMG (feat. Joji & Chief Keef)
11. Run For Your Life (Interlude)
12. I Wanna Know (feat. Daya)
13. UCLA (feat. 24hrs)
15. Atoms (feat. Jeremy Zucker)
Over the course of the average millennials Electronic Music fandom, it is hard to pinpoint a time in which RL Grime was not gracing our earbuds with his banging trap snares, Hip-Hop infused bass lines and just all around impeccable production. His live sets have lived up to his production prominence as he has taken
It may be hard to believe that RL Grime released his debut album over four years ago. How Henry Steinway manages to stay so relevant is not a wonder. The venerated producer’s maintained prominence is due to the impeccable timing of his releases and his inane ability to remain a top festival billing year in and year out — to say nothing of his genre-bending bass productions.
Alas, the sun has set on the days of his critically-acclaimed debut VOID LP. The dawn of NOVA is now upon us. With two singles already teased from his forthcoming sophomore album — a dance-pop crossover track with Daya, “I Wanna Know,” and the more hip-hop leaning, “Undo,” featuring Jeremih and Tory Lanez — Grime has already begun unpacking an entirely new sonic suitcase that ventures far beyond the realm of trap.
Now the LA-native continues to tantalize salivating fans with a third single, “Pressure,” a pulsing bass product that assuredly pays tribute RL’s trap roots. In fact, it could very well be his next “Core.” RL’s latest instantly spirals into a high octane first break, complete with verbose drums, gritty lows, and the cacophonous, swelling synth arrangements we’ve come to love of Steinway. RL Grime is out to prove that he is no one trick pony; he’s a dark horse poised to infiltrate the commercial realm of dance-pop crossover stardom. The 15-track NOVA LP is set for a July 27 release via WEDIDIT.
Since dropping International banger “Stay For It” featuring Miguel, all the buzz has been around RL Grime and when his highly anticipated album would hit the shelf. He followed “Stay For It” up with more of a pop-infused track featuring Daya titled “I Wanna Know”. The diverse sound experimentation made us even hungrier for more
Even though fans of RL Grime have given up hope for his album to be released in 2018, RL Grime initially teased the NOVA project that started out as a zine and has developed into an album project and tour. While we can guess that RL Grime will include “Era,” “Stay For It It,” and
RL Grime isn’t a one-trick pony. He’s the undisputed king of trap music, and while the genre has changed considerably since Henry Steinway’s second moniker emerged — RL’s creative output has impressively adapted accordingly. Now he’s preparing to deliver his sophomore studio album, and address the differences between the state of trap music at the time of Void versus where it’s going in the era of Nova. Bridging that gap on his latest, RL has linked with Daya on “I Wanna Know,” dropping off a melodic piece of future bass that’s primed for heavy rotations into the summer months.
Daya, whose breakout came on The Chainsmokers‘ “Don’t Let Me Down,” delivers another anthemic performance, this time complementing one of the most sonically diverse RL Grime compositions in recent memory. It has been almost a year since RL Grime first began teasing his new Nova concept. Now, as it continues to materialize, “I Wanna Know” suggests we’ll find a lot more than just standard trap music when the LP finally drops.
RL Grime’s next album ‘NOVA’ has been hyped up to extraordinary heights. Seeing that the release date for the new LP hasn’t even been announced, yet everyone is nonstop talking about it – expectations are high. Considering that RL Grime’s last album, ‘VOID’ changed the entire course of electronic music in profound ways only further
RL Grime and his new album, ‘NOVA’ was a massive story line in 2017. Fans were dying for information around the release of the the trap gods new LP and while many believed it would drop in the second half of 2017, it never was released. So what gives? We have been collectively waiting for