Run The Jewels Collaborate With Royal Blood On the ground below

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Cel­e­brat­ing the con­tin­ued suc­cess and bril­liance of this year’s RTJ4 record, Run The Jew­els have teamed up with the UK’s Roy­al Blood for a remix of 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.”

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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:

Posted on December 3rd 2020, 7:10p.m.

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