Four years ago, Henry Alfred Steinway changed the way people experienced bass music when he laid his Clockwork moniker to rest and went full force with RL Grime. Under his grimier trap-focused project, Steinway’s debut album, VOID, pushed the boundaries of how producers and fans saw the genre with his thumping 808s, eerily silent dips between drops, tectonic low-ends, and lo-fi appeal.
After four years of being a true industry tastemaker, RL Grime now releases his highly-anticipated sophomore studio album, NOVA, out now on WeDidIt Records. What makes RL Grime productions so potently palpable is how the LA-native makes his artistic intentions clear. On NOVA, the collaborations run rampant with hip-hop and R&B heavyweights — everyone from Chief Keef and Ty Dolla $ign to Miguel, Jeremih, and Tory Lanez. Clocking in at 15 tracks, RL Grime’s new beats are decidedly less concerned with trap and more focused on driving his project into a rap/hip-hop direction.
NOVA is sure to garner widespread mainstream attention with anthemic, festival-ready tracks like “Reims,” “Pressure,” and “I Wanna Know,” featuring Daya; as well as radio-ready R&B/rap ballads in the Miguel and Julia Michaels-assisted “Light Me Up” and “Take It Away,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and TK Kravitz.