Bristol-based artist, DJ and producer Grove has dropped a brand new EP, ‘Queer + Black’.
Speaking about the release, Grove explains: “Queer + Black serves as an introduction to my experience of the world. Tunes to get sweaty in the dance to, as well as contemplate sexuality, class + race. The EP was definitely shaped by my experience in Bristol sonically – I was making soul/hip-hop/UKG tunes before, now somehow found myself making dutty breakbeats & electronic, punk-infused sounds. Q+B will be the first in a genre-hopping suite of releases, genreless is how we do.
The range of influences for the tracks span from the power felt in decolonising our spaces (with the toppling of the Edward Colston statue), to the feeling of euphoria during a rave for queer people of colour, to calling for a focus on how landlordism + classism is keeping inequality rife in society. All soundtracked by dark dance, hip-hop and dancehall-infused beats that I’ve produced.
It’s been a long road finding a sense of self-acceptance, but this EP marks a point where I’m comfortable and proud in my identity + beliefs and would like to share my perspective of that with others.”
A cavalcade of beats and breaks, chopped-up vocals and uncompromising punk infused futurepop, you can check out ‘Queer + Black’ below.