RL Grime – High Beams EP
The identity of RL Grime has long been known to be Henry Steinway of Clockwork fame, yet over the past year, his trap alter ego has seemingly taken on a life of its own. What started as an experimental side project led to Steinway topping the Beatport charts with his now-ubiquitous trap remix to Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction.” With his first RL Grime EP to date, Steinway unveils High Beams, a five-track assortment of various trap musings.
Steinway toys with a mix of tempos on High Beams, from faster productions such as “Pockets” and “Shells” to hypnotically slow tracks like “CliqCliq (feat. Salva)” and “Heard Me.” With its constant sub-bass and continuous vocal track, “Secondary (feat. Problem)” sticks out on the EP as a straight rap production. In typical RL Grime fashion, the EP is pervaded by clean vocal sampling and intriguing percussive work. “Heard Me” may be the clearest example, although “Shells” is my personal favorite for its Clockwork-esque synths. The EP is out now on Fools Gold Records.