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RL Grime, Void (WeDidIt Records)




RL Grime, Void (WeDidIt Records)
CD Reviews: December 18, 2014

12/18/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 RL Grime, Void (WeDidIt Records)

This guy’s real name is Henry Steinway, whose biggest claim to fame thus far has been a team-up with Salvex on a remix of Kanye West’s “Mercy” that racked up massive Soundcloud acclaim. He was a “music business major” at Northeastern in Boston, the very notion of which has to be killing off the last of the hippies, but whether or not non-clubbers and oldsters can stand the thought of it, this generation does have hip-hop in its DNA, thus a cross between IDM (intelligent dance music) and spooky, grimy trap was going to happen no matter what. The ingredients spell success as far as I’m concerned, although I’m not going to start running around blathering about the reinvention of any wheel — but it’s pretty cool. Lots of friendly IDM fractal loops in there, along with spazzy drum-roll build-ups native to trance and prog-house, that’s nice, but throw in some crunked-up ghetto-lion roaring from Big Sean (“Kingpin”) and dubstep (and even one-drop) breaks where they’d logically fit and there’s no denying this thing’s relevance to the New Silent Generation. Haters of Gaga’s “Jewels and Drugs” pandering were right, yes, but hopefully they’ve found higher ground during this Flosstradamus-led tsunami.— Eric W. Saeger





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