15 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If VOID was RL Grime’s dive into bass music’s dark, subaquatic end, NOVA is its polar opposite. “I wanted to use that same energy, but bring it up into the sky, into space,” the L.A. producer tells Apple Music. “I spent a lot of the last three years in my own head, just dealing with depression and anxiety and anything that comes with the life of a touring musician.” His way out: getting away from DIY bedroom instrumentals and working with songwriters like Julia Michaels and Cass Lowe. Whether he’s reworking one of executive producer Diplo’s demos into subdued pop with Miguel and Michaels on “Light Me Up” or deconstructing trap/R&B while Jeremih and Tory Lanez work their steamy vibes on “Undo,” NOVA signals a natural evolution. “It’s me opening up,” he says.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If VOID was RL Grime’s dive into bass music’s dark, subaquatic end, NOVA is its polar opposite. “I wanted to use that same energy, but bring it up into the sky, into space,” the L.A. producer tells Apple Music. “I spent a lot of the last three years in my own head, just dealing with depression and anxiety and anything that comes with the life of a touring musician.” His way out: getting away from DIY bedroom instrumentals and working with songwriters like Julia Michaels and Cass Lowe. Whether he’s reworking one of executive producer Diplo’s demos into subdued pop with Miguel and Michaels on “Light Me Up” or deconstructing trap/R&B while Jeremih and Tory Lanez work their steamy vibes on “Undo,” NOVA signals a natural evolution. “It’s me opening up,” he says.

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About RL Grime

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. After debuting the project in 2011 with a series of Internet uploads, RL Grime became 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. 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. ~ David Jeffries

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Los Angeles, CA
BORN
February 8, 1991

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