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Meddling together elements of punk-infused dancehall, jungle, bass and pop, Grove is a Bristol-based producer and vocalist whose sound is undefined and constantly morphing. Grove's noise concoctions come from the ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ energies that reside within, filtering them through a sensuous & rave-a-licious sound. Lyrical subject matters range from the euphoria of queer rave spaces, to the toppling of the Edward Colston statue.
As sharp new voice for 2021, Grove released their debut EP ‘Queer + Black’ in February. ‘Queer + Black’ is an exploration of identity, both personal and political, and a deft combination of sharp hooks and splintering beats beamed in from a club in 3021 AD. This was compounded at the end of 2021 with a collaboration track ‘BBB’ with quickly ascending queer icon Lynks, and another EP ‘SPICE’ with production from members of Giant Swan and YOKEL, connecting the dots between queerness and dancehall music.
‘Queer + Black’ & ‘SPICE’ achieved plaudits including from Resident Advisor, CRACK, Them, The Times, Bandcamp Daily, and ‘Q+B’ was named one of Mixmag’s ‘Best EPs of the Year’. Singles have been championed by Jack Saunders (R1), Jamz Supernova (Radio 1Xtra & 6), KEXP, NTS, & BBC 6 Music (Mary Anne Hobbs/Steve Lamacq)’.
Grove’s DJ sets take audiences through a journey of fiery and bass-heavy beats, with an underlying emphasis on producers who are queer and/or people of colour. Their DJ style flows between bass, warped + dark dancehall, breaks and other dingy UK-centric sounds, informed by their Afro-Caribbean roots.
After DJing key venues including Dalston Superstore (London), Lakota (Bristol), Gut Level (Sheffield) and Tramway (Glasgow), Grove established a monthly residency on Noods Radio aptly titled DRIPDRIP. They have also had mixes featured on numerous shows and several publications, e.g. object blue (Rinse FM), Precious Metals with EndgamE (NTS), Bokeh Versions (NTS), and an Impact mix for Mixmag.