Grime

Artist: 
Drake
Label: 
Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

          Drake's "More Life" is a self-described "playlist," borrowing from genres such as afrobeat, Jamaican dance hall, r&b, and grime.

Sounds Like: 
Future
Sounds Like: 
Big Sean
Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2017
Artist: 
Wiley
Label: 
Wiley

   This is the first grime album I have listened to in it's entirety. I have heard grime before like Skepta and Jme but only their hits. Wiley's eleventh album "Godfather" is pure grime and it is so good. As someone who has only dipped their toes in grime, I was immersed in this album from start to finish. Every song is high energy but the beats are so diverse that it creates a whole different type of mood with every track. Songs that stood out to me are U Were Always, Pt.

Sounds Like: 
Skepta
Sounds Like: 
President T
Sounds Like: 
Jme
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
02/07/2017
Artist: 
Darq E Freaker
Label: 
Numbers

So Darq E Freaker is apparently a big deal in the world of RPM. His music could best be described as grimey and dark with electronic looping ballads, but personally I thought he sounded more like the an alternative soundtrack to the POKE Tower of Lavander Town from the original games of Red and Blue. In any case, the music will leave you with te same eeire feelings of dispair, as you are hypnotized by the sonic sounds of his electronic beats. Pretty spooky sounds.

Give it a try. 

3/5?

Sounds Like: 
Danny Brown
Sounds Like: 
S Type
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Rustie
Label: 
Warp Records

Rustie's latest album makes you wanna groove, and from start to finish is well rounded. Admittedly, many of the songs sound very similar to each other. Between the prevalence of synths, and the regular sampling of distorted vocals, the most distinguishing thing between each song is the bass. Rustie mixes chilled out atmospheric tracks like Coral Elixrr with fast-out-of-the-gates bangerz like Big Catzz. Whether you're looking for something to groove with or something to trip with, this album has it.

Sounds Like: 
Cashmere Cat
Sounds Like: 
S-Type
Name: 
Jacqui Kientzler
Date Reviewed: 
02/03/2016
Artist: 
Ben Wash
Label: 
King's Head Records

The first track seemed like a chilled-out, slowed-down version of what hard style would sound if it was slowed down...Try to wrap that around your head. Now onto the next track, "Emma Watson Walks In". Now that's one killer title. But what about the track? I expect this to play every single time Emma Watson walks into some sort of room. It's this heavy, glitchy dub that's reminiscent of The Glitch Mob. Really heavy, but with some cerebral sound loops. It's really cool.

Sounds Like: 
The Glitch Mob
Sounds Like: 
Skrillex on Nyquil
Sounds Like: 
If Pendulum, The Glitch Mob, and Head Hunterz (hardstyle Head Hunterz, not mediocre progressive house Head Hunterz, sorry dude) had a musical love child, it would be Ben Wash.
Sounds Like: 
or...If Porter Robinson and The Glitch Mob had a musical love child.
Name: 
Karen Komine
Date Reviewed: 
03/25/2015
Artist: 
Future Brown
Label: 
Warp Records

This album is phenomenal. The cover art looks like it was taken on the inside of a car during a rainstorm, which I think is exactly how this album feels. It's subdued, but in a deep, cultivated way that feels more emotional than the maximalist posturing that a lot of rap beats can have. Future Brown is a producing team so they really put a lot of thought into making deep and complex beats with a light touch. The vocalists/rappers are all really good and diverse too. Just play it! Listen to it! It'll be good! 

Sounds Like: 
FKA Tw3igs but a lot more going on
Sounds Like: 
Majid Jordan
Sounds Like: 
Drake vibes (minimalist bangerz)
Name: 
Amelia Marsh
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015
Artist: 
Skepta
Label: 
boy better know

this song is like the kind of international import whose coolness can hardly be articulated in american english.  so here's this video of skepta performing the song at some posh london venue where everybody flips out soon as the horn flourishes come in and then the squelchy bassline blurts a couple time before they have to play the damn beat back everybody's going so wild.

Sounds Like: 
roll deep
Sounds Like: 
p money?
Name: 
adam iddings
Date Reviewed: 
03/11/2015
Artist: 
Future Brown
Label: 
Warp Records

Future Brown is the collaborative production-focused supergroup of Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush. As a huge fan of those first two artists' solo work, this is definitely a collaboration I was pretty excited for. "Room 302" is the second single and first track from their upcoming self-titled album and it's really really solid. It's the second track they've done with Tink, who's a rapper I'm not too familiar with, but her work with Future Brown is sooooo good.

Sounds Like: 
Fatima Al Qadiri
Sounds Like: 
Nguzunguzu
Sounds Like: 
Tink
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2015
Artist: 
Wiley
Label: 
Big Dada

Wiley is UK grime hip-hop legend and "On A Level" is the lead single from his most recent album Snakes & Ladders. I've loved this song ever since the music video came out a few weeks ago, and I still haven't got tire of hearing it. It's got an incredible, palpable energy that is infectious with every listen. The production is a mix of trap and electronic but not it in the cheap generic way that you might associate with shitty EDM.

Sounds Like: 
Skepta
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2014