Rinse Presents: Royal-T
Royal-T stands at the forefront of a new generation of grime producers. His tracks combine the snappy intensity of early grime with the infectious, bubbly swing of classic two-step garage. Royal-T made his Rinse debut with a two-track 12". The A-side "Inside the Ride" features here, summing up the album's upfront energy, exploding in a maelstrom of distorted bass lines and brittle percussion. "Cruel to Be Kind" and "Music Box" are similarly anchored in the tough, articulate rhythms of grime. The former makes the connection particularly explicit thanks to a rapid-fire guest appearance from label-mate P Money. The other tracks show his versatility as a producer, as well as a talent for assembling smart and sophisticated grooves from very few elements. "Missing Aurora": lithe two-step percussion and silvery vocals. "Don't Call Me Baby": its distinctive lead line harks back to the bounce of '90s speed garage. "Work Your Body": a collaboration with funky figurehead Roska, it drives forward with incessant momentum, roots fixed equally in both producers' musical past. No matter how far Royal-T's music might stray from the original grime template, the rudeness and immediacy are still never far from earshot. Rinse Presents: Royal-T represents a further exploration of Rinse's long-running love of distinctive and upfront UK music.