By: Staff –
To celebrate Rainer + Grimm’s new track “Home”, the Toronto-based dance music duo curated a brand new curated Spotify playlist highlighting their influences for 2020.
Rainer + Grimm are Toronto’s contemporary dance music response to the alternative R&B sound the city is infamous for. With industry credits for the likes of Drake, The Weeknd, DVSN, French Montana, Swae Lee, Allan Rayman etc. they are poised to push their unique sound to the masses like never before.
Rainer + Grimm records have been streamed over 35 million times across all streaming platforms. With their latest release “Home”, alongside Canadian singer and songwriter Brianna Corona, they delve into the world of UK Garage, giving you a taste of the album that they plan to release later this year.
Rainer + Grimm x Brianna Corona – “Home” – Lets start this off with some shameless self promotion. Our latest single is chalked full with U.K. influence with some well rounded vocals to open it up to people who don’t gravitate towards that classic UK Garage sound. We’ve both been heavily influenced by different aspects in the UK from their music scenes to their footy culture. Graced by the vocals of the talented Brianna Corona also from Toronto.
Truth x Lies – “Keep It” – Hailing from New York City, these guys have been catching our attention with a number or their songs so far but this one has got to be the one we keep going back to most. Having spoken to them a number of times online we’re hoping to do some kind of collaboration with them in the near future so keep your eyes peeled for this.
Rainer + Grimm – “My Lover” – Another one from us we released at the beginning of the year featuring the amazing vocals from UK based Charlotte Haining and maybe one of our favourite songs to date. This song just feels like it’s giving you a nice warm hug. Look out for it on our upcoming full length album in the fall.
Diplo & Sidepiece – “On My Mind (MK Remix)” – A lot of heavyweights involved in this remix as well as other versions of this track – both originals and remixes – it’s hard to pick a favourite and all of them can fit into a set depending on the day.
Dom Dolla – “Take It” – Probably one of the most popular tech house tracks of the last two years, this track has been played everywhere including in baseball parks all over North America. Australia has been consistently producing some of the best house music over the last 5-8 years and Dom Dolla might just be the cream of the crop.
Just Kiddin – “Time Alone (VIP Edit)” – The vibe Just Kiddin got on the VIP Edit of their track “Time Alone” is very aligned with what our DJ sets have been sounding like as of late. These guys are good friends of ours, having met them at the Splash House festival in Palm Springs and then again a few weeks later when they came to our hometown of Toronto as well as a meet up on their turf in the UK. I think the evolution of our styles have very much run parallel for a while now.
Rainer + Grimm – “My Lover (VIP Mix)” – One last one from yours truly. This is our own remix of our song mentioned above “My Lover”. With our sets heading to a more club oriented, tech house leaning sound, we wanted to make a less poppy version of our own song for the type of sets we’ve been spinning more of. Similar to Just Kiddin’s track in this playlist (I told you our evolutions run parallel).
Ryan Shepherd – “What the Hell Am I (Drinking in L.A.)” – A new spin on a classic track by a good friend and fellow Torontonian Ryan Shepherd. This song was part of the greatest compilation of all time (for Canadians) Much Music’s Big Shiny Tunes 2. Pure nostalgia for us and fits into our live sound nicely!
Malaa – “Four Twenty” – This house track pays tribute to Dr. Dre’s “Let’s Get High” off of one of the best albums of all time Chronic 2001. It’s always really fun for us when producers remake a song into a house version and we can spin it live – always impresses a crowd!
Tinashe, ZHU & Ms Banks – “Die A Little Bit (Remix)” – We’ve gotten used to Zhu having a Midas touch when it comes to house remixes and even some of his originals but the same thing goes for anytime Tinashe gets remixed so this combo is powerful, good for house lovers and casual listeners alike.
Mahalia – “What You Did ft. Ella May (Preditah Remix)” – There are just too many great qualities to this song. The mix of the classic sample and preditahs production are a match made in heaven. Mahalia and Ella May both kill the original and sound amazing on the remix. Preditah is someone we both really look too for that new UKG sound.
Disclosure – “My High” – These guys always kill the production, weather it be their stuff or big name artists. But this tune breaks their usual mold of funked out dance music, and adds an aggressive touch that we never knew we wanted from them. Slow Thai and Amine are the perfect yin and yang to deliver bars.
Gorgon City – “House Arrest ft. Sofi Tukker (Chris Lorenzo Remix)” – The original of this song is great, but what Chris Lorenzo did to this remix makes us love it way more. The darkness he added was just the right touch. Definitely on replay.
Philip George – “Same Love (Riva Starr Remix)” – We love the 90’s rave feel of this song. It’s just good vibes all around. A great mix of 90s’ish samples and vocals, with a new school mix. we predict a lot more of this in the future, and we’re definitely here for it.
Gorgon City – “Nobody” – The mood of this song gets us every time. A great collaboration, and hopefully some foreshadowing of how their album is going to sound. GC is definitely a big influence on us.