Run The Jewels Collaborate With Royal Blood On the ground below
“We’re big fans of each other’s bands,” enthuses Run The Jewels’ El‑P. “A while back, we hung out and played each other songs we love – one of mine was Gang Of Four’s Ether, which I later sampled for the ground below. Mike and I thought it would be cool to get Royal Blood’s take on the ground below – we sent it off to them and they fucking killed it.”
“Royal Jewels is the ultimate dream come true scenario,” add Royal Blood. “It’s an alliance we wish long continues.”
Hear, hear! While we wait in hope for more from the two artists, Run The Jewels also recently unleashed No Save Point from the Cyberpunk 2077 soundtrack. Royal Blood, meanwhile, returned with new single Trouble’s Coming back in September.
“It was the moment something started to click,” frontman Mike Kerr revealed of the song, which was a huge turning point for the duo during the making of their upcoming third album, “where we started playing over those much more rigid dance beats. The breakthrough was realising that there was real common ground between that and what we’d done before. It’s that AC/DC aspect: where the quality that makes the riffs seem so cutting is because of that beat.
“Although on the surface we were stepping outside what we’d done before, it didn’t feel at all unnatural; it felt like we were returning to music we’d loved from the very beginning: Daft Punk, Justice, things that were really groove-orientated. It was all about the beat. It felt like familiar territory, but something we’d censored in ourselves.”
Stream the ground below featuring Royal Blood (Royal Jewels remix) now:
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