It’s been two and a half years since ANTS offered up an all-grime episode. The decade-old UK music form has dazzled in 2014, so the time has come to examine it once again. The focus this time is “grimegaze,” the synth-heavy, melodic strain of grime championed by Dark0 but also practiced by many of the genre’s most visible figures. Drawing influences from JRPG soundtracks, ambient and the current reemergence of beat-driven downtempo, these ethereal tracks are breathing new life into grime at a time when many may have predicted its stagnation.

01. Moleskin - “Slow Dancing With Ms Haversham to Moments in Love in Satis House” [Keysound Recordings]
02. Visionist - “Acceptance” [Lit City Trax]
03. Kirk Spencer ft. Celestial Trax - “Rain Drift” [Strangerzoo]
04. Last Japan - “Crystal Tokyo” [Circadian Rhythms]
05. Dark0 - “Amethyst” [Gobstopper Records]
06. Shriekin - “Steel Ships” [Local Action Records]
07. JT the Goon - “Twin Warriors” [Oil Gang]
08. Slackk - “Hesitate” [Local Action Records]
09. Chemist - “Blocks (Last Japan’s ‘Still Kold’ Remix)” [Coyote Records]
10. Strict Face - “New Moonlight” [Tuff Wax Records]
11. Logos - “Night Flight” [Keysound Recordings]

Check out this mix on @8tracks: Baby Armie’s April 2014 Dance Chart by Baby Armie.

Check out this mix on @8tracks: Baby Armie’s April 2014 Dance Chart by Baby Armie.


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