When Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Henry Steinway combines hip-hop, electro, drum'n'bass, and any number of other bass-heavy genres, he dons the moniker RL Grime. An active member of the WeDidIt Collective along with producers like Shlohmo and D33J, he has collaborated with Baauer, Skrillex, Big Sean, and others. He made his full-length debut with 2014's well-received Void, an eclectic mix of genres such as garage, EDM, and R&B.
After debuting the project in 2011 with a series of Internet uploads, RL Grime made it official with the Grapes EP, released in 2012 by WeDidIt Collective. In 2013, the Fool's Gold label released the High Beams EP with a guest appearance from rapper Problem. RL Grime remixed Benny Benassi's club staple "Satisfaction" as well as Jamie Lidell's "What a Shame," and toured with Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth, and Jim-E Stack. The full-length debut Void appeared in 2014 and featured rapper Big Sean, electro-house producer Boys Noize, and indie act How to Dress Well. A remix album followed, as did "Tell Me," a collaboration with What So Not, and a remix of the Weeknd's "The Hills." The solo single "Aurora" appeared in 2016, as did "Waiting," a collaboration with Skrillex and What So Not.
"Reims" and "Stay for It" (with Miguel) followed in 2017, in advance of RL Grime's second full-length, Nova. A pair of singles, "Pressure" and the bass-heavy Jeremih- and Tory Lanez-assisted "Undo," followed in 2018. NOVA was released by WeDidIt in July, and featured additional appearances from Chief Keef, Ty Dolla $ign, and Joji. The album hit number one on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart the following month. In December of that year, Grime also released two volumes of remixes of tracks from NOVA. In May 2019, he surprised fans with an all-instrumental version of the album called NOVA Pure. ~ David Jeffries