Remember R&G? The sweet-toned R&B, grime hybrid made famous by the likes of DaVinChe, Terror Danjah, Sadie Ama and Katie Pearl? At its peak (2005-2006), the off-shoot was just as groundbreaking as the early years of grime; love songs at 140BPM, it was refreshing and gave the ladies an alternative to the shouty, 8-bar-loving MCs who lived for a reload. Kelela, a singer based in Los Angeles, has been the only artist keeping the idea alive—from 2013's Cut 4 Me through to her latest Hallucinogen—but how amazing would it be to hear from the originals? Well, we're in luck today as DaVinChe—the revered producer from London—shares “The Lost Time” from his upcoming instrumental project, The VinchOnacci.
A groaning refrain glides through double-time drums and a wall of synths, as the producer ets his Hendrix on with a melodic guitar solo, making the track just as hard as it is soft. “Sometimes grime is all about the energy,” says DaVinChe, “not melody, not musical prowess—pure energy. But sometimes, it's about melody and a disgusting bass line. The right balance of the two is something we strive for, and 'The Lost Time' is a dope balance of the two. It's kinda disgusting, kinda beautiful, but completely grime.” Listen exclusively below.