“One day you’ll see grime pays”–the memorable words of popular UK grime artist Wiley. It wasn’t long ago that grime was soaring to the top of the UK charts, eventually surpassing all but the largest pop acts. Some might even compare the grime scene from a decade ago to today’s trap scene–a trending subgenre of dance music that everyone seems to be talking about. Alas, grime is no longer buzzing as it once did, but still remains a significant piece in the puzzle of electronic music. Fortunately, artists like Royal-T have pushed grime in a new direction, combining grime’s garage roots with a low-slung, untidy brashness. His current offering is the latest episode in Rinse’s ‘Presents‘ series, and epitomizes the diversity currently found in the scattered landscape of UK grime.
Rinse Presents: Royal-T is a twelve-track LP that really showcases Royal T’s production chops. Mr. T’s talents at meshing funk, garage, and future bass into a cohesive concert of beats and melodies are on full display. The entire LP is masterfully crafted, but none moreso than the super funky, old-school garage track Don’t Call Me Baby. This tune is strictly dancefloor–delivering a Robyn S-styled house organ on top of a series of crunchy bass notes. The next tune, Missing Aurora, is a bit more post-dubstep than grime, and features a grinding, low-end sawtooth lead, giving the tune an edgier vibe than Don’t Call Me Baby. Royal-T balanced the tune’s darker tones with a delicately sprinkled vocal snippet that imparts the perfect amount of soul. Move along to Cruel To Be Kind for an unadulterated massacre. The track features grime star P Money spitting fire over a two-step rhythm and a low resolution, walloping bassline. For a full tracklist, head over to the Rinse website.