Raised in Chicago and now based in Los Angeles, Shivastep has his next EP primed and ready to share. All right, so it’s officially out tomorrow, but you can listen to and download the EP right here a whole day early. Ode to the Grind taps directly into the overlap between his hometown’s 808 fetishization, grime’s crouching, bit-crunched aggression and—most obviously—Southern hip hop. These are brazen tracks primed for the dancefloor, all deployed with Shivastep’s pop-informed, instantly gratifying methodology.
Published February 06, 2013. Words by moritz.schmall.