A couple of weeks ago I met up with Grenier at one of my favorite local spots Forage for a little food and friendly discussion. What I think both of us anticipated was a brief discussion about his upcoming projects, but what ended up happening was a close to hour long conversation about creativity and the state of music. I left feeling the opposite of disappointed… sure I was like 30 minutes late to my next thing but the topics we discussed was something I felt needed to be expressed. So instead of a carefully edited, introspective piece from me that took days to organize and edit down, below you’ll find an honest conversation between myself and a musician who’s very clearly spent a lot of time not only working with others but also thinking about how to work in new ways.
This all came about by the premiere of his stunning music video for “Intentions,” which came out on Symbols last year. You can watch the video below but I highly suggest clicking after the jump to read about Grenier’s multitude of new projects, including ones with Archie Pelago, Eprom & Hejfund, and The Glitch Mob. I’d love to see others’ opinions on the rest of this, perhaps open some insightful discussions.
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London’s Ollie “Skream” Jones built a name for himself early on as a producer at the forefront of the dubstep movement. With his many hits, specifically his festival anthem remix of La Roux’s “In For The Kill,” support on BBC Radio 1, radio show on Rinse FM, and involvement in the supergroup Magnetic Man, he can be credited for creating mass appeal for the once underground genre. Despite his great success in dubstep, he has maintained his forward-thinking tastemaker status and reinvented himself in the disco/house scene. Now producing tracks like his most recent single, “Rollercoaster” featuring Sam Frank, Skream is well on his way to establishing another legacy of timeless dance classics.
We were able to sit down with Skream at HARD Day of the Dead to chat about everything from how he has dealt with his fans who aren’t so happy with his change in genres to the forthcoming Magnetic Man album. Read up on our conversation after the jump.
Route 94 is, put simply, on fire. Elusive yet efficient, the London-based producer has been churning it out in the past couple of months, with the smash single “My Love” picking up support from all over including placement on Annie Mac’s recent compilation, as well as top remixes for Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through,” Skream’s “Rollercoaster,” and most recently, Katy B’s “5 AM.” There’s something about solid House music that trumps all else, and Route 94 has it undeniably on lock. √+
Not much known about Pier Montell, but after seeing Skream give him a big shout out on Twitter today and listening to his new jam on Soundcloud, it’s safe to say I’m intrigued. “Oh Lawd” is the solitary track on his Soundcloud page, and it appears that his Facebook artist page was just created today, leading me to believe Pier Montell is either a brand new dude on the scene or a crafty new side project. Either way, this solid House tune forthcoming on the also brand new So Bait Records out of the UK is absolutely on point. Have a listen and keep watch. √+
After a short hiatus over the summer, The Magician is back in action with the 35th installment of his very popular Magic Tape series. As usual, he’s kept his track list undisclosed, but thanks to some well-versed Soundcloud fans, we know that The Magician has included new ones from Medlar, Skream, Anna Lunoe, Luxury, and more. Glad to have Magic Tapes back in my life. √+
Electric Zoo is only days away and we are bringing you a 3 part series to highlight our top picks for your best festival experience! With amazing artists from Skream, Claude VonStroke, Dog Blood, Four Tet, Brodinski and so many more..check out our top picks for Friday below!
For anyone still hating on Skream because he’s not making only Dubstep anymore, shut up. Just shut the fuck up. His new track, “Rollercoaster,” just premiered today with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, featuring Sam Frank and a vibe that is 100% fit for a cocaine-sponsored 80s roller disco. “Rollercoaster” illuminates two important things about Skream: 1) his inherent ability to accept inspiration from multiple sources and create music in all forms and 2) his ballsy-ness for just doing what he wants to do musically. Big up Ollie we’re down with it. √+
Not too much known about these 3 Brits from Northwestern England other than that they’ve caught the ear of Dave Spoon AKA Shadow Child & Kry Wolf for a debut release on their FOOD Music imprint out last month. Makes No Sense‘s Sling EP showcases an array of thumping, bass-heavy House music — right up the audible alley of imprint owner Shadow Child. The 3-track EP has received some serious support for a debut EP, receiving plays from Skream, Benga, Ardalan, Jaymo & Andy George, and many more. I think it’s definitely appropriate to add this trio to the growing list of top House & Bass coming out of England. Pick up the FOOD Music release here and check this mix the lads put together to celebrate their FOOD debut.
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