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What a difference a year makes. Last January (2013), The Mid hosted a free show featuring 22-year-old, Henry Steinway. You know him as duel-identity producer, Clockwork and RL Grime.  Performing as RL Grime on that particularly arctic evening, the frenetic connoisseur of all things dark and energetic left an indelible mark on Chicago. RL Grime makes his triumphant return to The Mid on Friday, February 7 (tickets).

RL Grime isn’t wasting any time, as evident in his most recent Chicago performance at the Aragon Ballroom. Immediately opening with the cataclysmic drop of Rustie’s, “Slasherr,” the baby-faced producer took hold of a transfixed, pulsating, sold-out audience. A proponent of quick-mixing, RL Grime averages around 60 tracks for an hour-long set. The pace is always frenetic and the track selection implemented is a thing of beauty. Let’s track what RL Grime has been up to since his last time at The Mid:

  • Infinite Daps summer tour with Baauer, which led to the conception of a collaborative track, appropriately titled, “Infinite Daps.”
  • Packed performances at Electric Daisy Carnival, HARD: Day of the Dead and TomorrowWorld (among others).
  • BBC Radio 1 mix for Diplo and Friends
  • A second Halloween mix (with another intro from his boy, and children’s book author, R.L. Stine).
  • Working on a major release for 2014 through WeDidIt.
  • Befriended “Kick Ass” starlet, Chloë Grace Moretz (how cute).

While Clockwork originated/materialized during Henry’s high school years, with a focus on big room house (Clockwork was the youngest artist ever signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak), RL Grime was born from a lonely weekend at NYU years later. An undeniable maturity is ever present in the work of RL Grime, as his music continues to evolve. RL Grime was kind enough to grace music fans with this previously unreleased track that we can’t stop moving to:

Listen: Favelas (RL Grime Private Pussy Edit)- Aquadrop Vs. Nadastrom



Also on the bill, this coming Friday at The Mid, is Chicago native and RL Grime’s pal, SALVA. You’ll remember SALVA from his collaboration with RL Grime on the tremblingly heavy remix of Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music’s, “Mercy.”  The latest remix from SALVA is a delightfully weird concoction of noise, conjuring images of indigenous Aztecs banging away on a Texas Instrument TI-83:

Listen: Sexy Socialite (Salva Remix)

Chicago’s own will no doubt leave revelers SALVA-ting for more (please forgive me for that). Tickets will sell-out, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.


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