A moment RL Grime fans have been anticipating, finding every hint and leak possible along the way, has finally presented itself. It’s been killing fans knowing this package has been about to drop. VOID was one of the most tremendous releases in dance music, a display definitive of the genius of which Henry Steinway is, the opposite of short. In actuality he is quite tall and better known as RL Grime. He has handpicked his favorite remixes, which have dropped by the time you are reading this.
That’s right. In real time, the VOID remixes are here.
Last night as I wrote this, these remixes were just greyed out letters on Spotify, private links or downloadable files circulating amongst those in the know. This anonymous superhero may have copped an early copy of this copy of the remixes. When it comes to remixes of tracks from such a killer album as VOID from a bonafide trap deity, things get personal. RL Grime and his WeDidIt Collective accept only the best, and we trust his word and choice, and so we take these to be the best remixes of those made from the following highly acclaimed tracks off the album, of which there are ten in total: two “Core” (Great Dane and Infuze), two “Reminder” (Astronomar and Jonah Baseball), two “Scylla” (DJ Sliink and King Henry), and four “Kingpin” (Melé sp., Wuki, Salva, and Mura Masa) remixes.
Just typing that feels heavy in the fingertips, like this is one very intense remix package. Well, it is. It features some of the favorite tracks from the album, giving audible pleasures of familiar favorites from VOID. By the time you are reading this, you’ll be able to stream it for yourself, but in case you are curious, here is a rundown of the ten tracks.
“Core” is a dark track to begin with, which makes what happened in this Great Dane remix exceptionally engaging. The first of two remixes of this track take it to a groovy, bouncy place that accentuates the original track’s prominent bass, that 808 of which RL is definitive.
The Infuze remix takes that one step further. It is a party in and of itself; the upbeat, quicker, and more ambient take on “Core” that is ridiculously refreshing and simply put, beautiful. It is mellifluous and perfectly melodic, probably my favorite on this album.
Astronomar the homie is ever astonishing, and seems to have a signature sound that you can feel down to your bones. In this remix of “Reminder,” there is this isolated piano intro that stands out, and builds into beats that are authentic Astronomar. It is nice AF.
The second remix of “Reminder” is from Jonah Baseball, and also has a standout intro. Triangle or some bell made out of shaped metal. This one starts off soft, then hits you slow and heavy.
Jersey Club King DJ Sliink is in the mix for this next one, his remix of “Scylla,” RL Grime’s sea monster that may be the best track on the album, and of all time. One king remixing another king into the genre he founded? No more words necessary.
Speaking of Kings, the second “Scylla” remix is from King Henry. How appropriate tho. This track, along with Wuki’s remix of “Kingpin” dropped earlier than the other eight; a little tease in that anticipation. This king’s remix is almost nothing like the original, but a monster nonetheless, in its own fast-paced, high-pitched right.
Now onto the four “Kingpin” remixes, adding that this may have been the biggest track off of VOID. Only appropriate then that there would be four of these babes. The first is super jungle from an artist out of the UK called Melé. Picture Big Sean dressed like Tarzan and animal noises as instrumentals. The aforementioned Wuki remix is clubby and has dope, unexpected drops to keep you on your toes. It is no surprise that RL’s homeboy Salva would be on this album, and of course he slaughters this trap track, cutting it up in all the right spots, and so clean cut. Trap arms, that’s it. And what a perfect ending with the sweet, flowy, bassy remix from budding diety Mura Masa.
Truthfully, this is all very personal for all of us. But this journalist can assure you, as it is personal for me too, that these remixes were done well and right. RL came correct with this for us, as he and the WEDIDIT collective always do. Who do the shit that they do? Or that he does? These guys do what they can on these remixes, but no one does the shit that RL Grime does, they can just remix it and hope to be a part of something as great as this experience with VOID has been.
The remix package is available today for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on Spotify. It has not yet hit Soundcloud, so get it while it is hot off the presses. You heard it here first. Well, maybe. You heard all of what I just said here first, that is a fact. Stream the remixes below via Rdio or Spotify.
RL Grime – Void (Remixes) | Stream
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