UK's Ruder Than Rude Boys: Rudimental!

September 30, 2014 5:27 PM

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UK's Ruder Than Rude Boys: Rudimental!

While we flip our radio dial here in NYC, or walk the streets entering countless stores or barbershops hearing the constant, heavy and highly repeated rotation of Drake, Jeremih & YG, Iggy Azalea, Drake again, of course Nico & Vinz and you get the point, it makes me wonder why aren't some truly inspirational and clearly soulful music -- like that of UK's Rudimental, only 'subjected' to SOLD OUT shows touring the nation? Ironic isn't it. Makes you wonder why, or who and what runs our radio today! While you'd probably have to depend on the internet radio, or hearing snippets of their song "Not Giving In" introduce a couple sports-action clips on ESPN's SportsCenter or catch a live performance, their debut LP HOME has enough potential hit songs to last us into 2016! Luckily we won't have to wait that long, because even as they've just finished-up 'officially' touring various cities throughout the U.S. for the first time, there's an untitled album in the works, slated with a Feb. 2015 release date. Rudimental are four close friends from Hackney -- Amir Amor, Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden and Leon Rolle, all having different ethnic backgrounds, yet similar musical tastes ranging from UK Grime, Hip-Hop, American Soul, House, Drum + Bass, Reggae influences and more, all encompassing UK rave culture of the early 2000s. "It's not just about one person on stage, it's a family," says Amir who was born in Iran, but grew up in the UK during the 90s. "That's why people are drawn to us 'cause we have so much fun up there. We're lucky to be with friends that grew up with each other; we've known each other for such a long time," he laughs! Somehow, through songs such as "Feel The Love" feat. John Newman, "Hell Could Freeze" feat. Angel Haze and "More Than Anything" feat. Emeli Sandé, they've found the key with the right chemistry to unlock the limited boundaries of (NOT just using) one genre, yet drawing in a fanbase the world over that's as massive as ever. Hence, their sold out shows and YouTube videos with views into the tens of millions! U.S. radio, are you listening? Clear-ly not. A few hours before another SOLD OUT show -- this time at Terminal 5 on Manhattan's westside, I had a very engaging conversation backstage with half of Rudimental's foursome -- Amir and Piers, who were casually kicking back in their dressing room. Discover how UK's biggest electronic music buzz since Massive Attack, creates and blends such a universal sound, leaving listeners: 'SOULED'.

While we flip our radio dial here in NYC, or walk the streets entering countless stores or barbershops hearing the constant, heavy and highly repeated rotation of Drake, Jeremih & YG, Iggy Azalea, Drake again, of course Nico & Vinz and you get the point, it makes me wonder why aren't some truly insp...

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