Grime is typified by complex 2-step, 4X4, breakbeats, generally around 140 beats per minute and constructed from "different" sounds such as Synth and Strings. Stylistically, grime draws on many genres including UK Garage, dancehall,hip hop. The lyrics and music combine futuristic electronic elements and dark, guttural bass lines.
According to Sasha Frere-Jones of the The New Yorker, grime has developed a fierce sound by "distilling" rhythms to a minimal style resulting in a choppy, off-centre sound. Whereas hip hop is inherently dance music, the writer argues that "grime sounds as if it had been made for a boxing gym, one where the fighters have a lot of punching to do but not much room to move." Frere-Jones also states that grime has maintained a style distinct from American hip hop, with clear Jamaican and Caribbean influences. Hattie Collins supports Frere-Jones' analysis, asserting that grime is "an amalgamation of UK Garage with a bit of drum'n'bass, a splash of punk and a... Read More