A lot of people are probably a little tired of hearing The Weeknd’s hugely popular track from his latest album, The Hills. Working with Canadian producer and mixing engineer Illangelo, The Weeknd created a sound that was dark, brooding and completely distinct from the rest of the album. With a strong, slow-building beat and an explosive drop, it quickly surged to popularity, with the music video currently sitting on nearly 209 million YouTube views.
Now, LA artist and producer RL Grime has taken the track in a completely different direction. Grime ups the pace of the entire song, peeling back the electronics, layering his own beats over the top. The Weeknd’s voice almost becomes a beat in itself, as his dynamic chorus is transformed into part of an ever-building drop. RL Grime’s drops seem to have a life of their own, and it gives the song a completely new sound.
Aside from producing awesome hip hop, grime and bass music independently, RL Grime is also part of the LA electronic music collective WeDidIt, accompanying artists such as NIck Melons, Groundislava and Shlohmo. You can really taste the collaboration, especially in the synthy, slow burning chorus, which holds strong similarities to Shlohmo’s latest album Dark Red. RL Grime brought his unique sound to Australia earlier this year when he performed at the festival Groovin the Moo, as well as a bunch of side shows in Sydney. His set at the festival was in a league of its own, bringing an incredible sense of energy to the main tent.
He is currently on tour in America, but you can catch him in Australia in January next year, check out his extensive list of tour dates here.