Trimbal - "Confidence Boost" Video

James Blake was making dubstep back when dubstep was, more or less, an offshoot of grime, but his cerebral electronic pop never really had much to do with grime’s all-out bluster. So it’s weird to hear him teaming up with the grime MC Trim on a new single. But it’s happening. The duo, who are calling themselves Trimbal, have recorded a couple of tracks together, and now they’ve made a video for their collab “Confidence Boost.” The song is a weird one, with Blake restlessly warping and pitch-shifting Trim’s voice and Trim doing his best to navigate Blake’s minimal off-kilter track. Blake and Trim both appear in the video, alongside bursts of flame and London fly girls. Rollo Jackson directs and makes sure everything is immaculately designed. Watch it below.

The “Confidence Boost” b/w “Saying” single is out now on R&S.

Comments (4)
  1. Strike a pose.

    Hope this goes somewhere, Britain could really do with some good Hip-Hop right now.

  2. Dubstep was in no way an offshoot of grime. Dubstep and grime were developing around the same time, in fact dubstep was finding its roots before anything really grimey had taken place.

    Secondly, Trimbal isn’t a name for the collaboration of James Blake and Trim, Trimbal is the long version of Trim. It has nothing to do with James Blake. Harmonimix is the alias James Blake is operating under on this track.

    Finally although you are correct in saying that James Blake hasn’t made much intense, dark, urban music, I wouldn’t say it’s fair to brand his music collectively as ‘cerebral electronic pop’, because his music varies a lot. His 2010 catalogue is a perfect example. That’s why I don’t agree with your statement that it’s a great surprise to see him working with Trim, because James Blake is an artist who likes to change up what he’s doing.

    Excuse the rant, I just felt obligated.

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