Drake, The Weeknd, Years & Years, Sam Smith, and Golden Coast all walk into a bar and discover that they have one thing in common: what is it? Besides being insanely talented musicians, they’ve all got significant ties to Canadian duo Rainer + Grimm.
Between having official remixes commissioned by Years & Years, Jessie Ware, Gregory Porter, and Kideko, a remix deal from Capitol Records for Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” and credit for The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games” and Drake’s “Shot For Me,” it would appear that the duo has it made.
Just this past month, Rainer + Grimm have grown to define the sound within their Toronto music community, pushing their unique sound into the modern pop space. Their latest release, “Tempted,” has been described as “essentially romance in sonic form: a little playful, a lot of sexual energy, and a touch of mystery come together to create a sound that’s irresistible.” Rainer + Grimm definitely provide a kicking late night jam session for your commutes home after a long night, or for those parties that go well into the night.
But, where did Rainer + Grimm come from? The duo, composed of Rainer Miller Blanchaer and Jeff “Grimm” Crake, met while studying music at an Ontario-based recording school in 2013. After creating an EP titled Live Forever, the group rebranded their group to Rainer + Grimm in 2014. Their remix of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” was picked up by Carson Daley’s first radio interview in LA, which caught the attention of Capitol Records. Next thing they knew, the remix was made official and their careers skyrocketed.
While we’re still waiting for new music from the Canadian Duo, we’re definitely glad the two came out of the recording shadows to bring us an EP earlier this year. Did somebody call for a party? I’d like to add a song request, or five.