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.