Neptune Theatre University District
Tue., Jan. 20, 9 p.m. and Thu., Jan. 22, 9 p.m. 2015 All Ages
Of all the musical trends I could have gotten behind in the past few years, there was perhaps none more hypothetically pleasing than the collision of rap royalty and nerdy UK bass-heads. The phenomenon unofficially began when king knucklehead Waka Flocka Flame tried his hand at some outlandish EDM crossover attempts, continued with producers like Rustie and Hudson Mohawke producing for the likes of A$AP Rocky and Danny Brown, and finally crested with the ubiquitous “Turn Down for What,” the hybrid cross-Atlantic mega hit we all knew was coming. Yet amid all the hollered ad-libs and air horns, some of the magic failed to translate in the brawny/brainy sonic stew, which tends to sand down the rough edges in favor of lowest-common-denominator club nip. Now the Neptune plays host to RL Grime (nee Henry Steinway), a Los Angeles–based electronic producer welding big, brass-balled beats and Big Sean guest spots into a monstrously anonymous sound that smashes together Skrillex and trap music but, cruelly, rips all the dumb fun out of both. KYLE FLECK
Check out Trent Moorman's interview with RL Grime here.