Henry Steinway represents both sides of the modern dance music coin. As Clockwork, he puts all four on the floor, provides the driving beat, and lets all hell break loose on the dance floor. But when he puts on a slightly different hat and dons his RL Grime moniker, things get as messy as his name implies. Gone is the traditional beat tempo and in its place is some of the filthiest, slap-happy bass on the planet. The two entities can intertwine during the live arena, but an RL Grime show is unlike just about anything else out there.
His work is stellar, often playing vinyl or Seratos without headphones, going off how the sound bounces around in the room instead of how it gets piped into his head. His ability to work a room increases because of this, being able to vibe with the audience unlike a lot of DJs that live inside of their pre-defined set and never branch out. If there is a track hotter than "Tell Me," you're going to have to build a case for it, because this banging collaboration between Mr. Grime and What So Not is a stunner. He's also worked with guys like Salva and Baauer to put together some stellar original tracks. He was known for his remix work early on, but RL Grime is mostly an original enterprise (with a few remixes thrown in there), with a debut album due out sometime later this year.
The WeDidIt collective, featuring RL Grime, Shlohmo, Groundislava, and D33J, is starting a grassroots collective of killer music, much like LA's other electronic community Low End Theory. Groundislava is opening this show and should provide the perfect flow for when RL steps up to the plate. When that debut album finally comes out, expect some group effort from the aforementioned names, because when RL Grime wins, they all win.
Less than two weeks after Flume absolutely killed a sold-out Sunday night show, The Observatory is going to offer another stellar young EDM magician in what should be a night to remember. Don't delay, get your tickets today!