RL Grime – High Beams EP
RL Grime A.K.A. Clockwork A.K.A. Henry Steinway is one busy dude. Earlier this month, the LA local released his Clockwork remix of Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash’s tune “Reload Ft. John Martin”. Just a short time before that, Steinway’s RL Grime Remix of Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” was getting a massive amount of buzz online. High Beams, a 5 track EP under the moniker RL Grime is his newest set of original tracks released on Fools Gold Records. The first track “Pockets” takes little time to get this high energy EP goin’ with it’s spliced sample vocal from rapper Fabolous coming in right before the first hard hitting bass drums. The pitched up sampling towards the end should sound familiar to RL Grime fans (and really any hip-hop fans), which he has used since his Clipz EP in 2011 (Available for free here). If this song is your style, check out Bro Safari‘s latest tracks (this type of vocal sampling/cutting is his M.O.).
“Shells”, the only song on this EP that isn’t in the 75/150 BPM range, is easily my favorite. The 808 snare and rack-tom fills are on point. Instead of overbearing 32nd note high hats that drown out most of the high end on these types of songs, there are pleasant minimal bells and claps. This 100 BPM flavor is becoming pretty popular among like producers with Brillz & ETC!ETC!‘s song “Old School” and the insanely popular “Bird Machine” by DJ Snake & Alesia.
“Secondary (Feat. Problem)” features Compton rapper Problem who’s worked with some big names in the past like Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. This was my least favorite on High Beams. The hook and verse on this track are pretty weak, with auto-tune thrown in that sounds careless and lazy. What is cool, though, is that it’s becoming more and more rappers can collaborate with electronic producers on tracks (Another example is rapper Danny Brown touring with Baauer earlier this year).
“Cliq Cliq” and “Heard Me”‘s main strengths are the raw synthesizers used. “Cliq Cliq”, a song with Salva, uses southern hip-hop elements, while “Heard Me” has vocals that sound like Waka Flocka Flame ad-libing up until the drop.
High Beams isn’t going to make you contemplate where hip-hop and “trap” (hate that term) music is going, but that’s because it’s not meant to. It’s party music meant to be bumped on your iPod and in the car. I guarantee you’ll be nodding your head to it. Want more? Check out our latest volume of Trap Tuesday RL Grime: Facebook, Twitter, Website
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