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Grindie, also known as Grime-indie or Grime Indie[1], is a form of music that emerged in early 2006. It is a fusion of indie rock or alternative rock and grime music.[2][3]


Grime producer Statik who coined the named "grindie" initially as a joke, was one of the main proponents of the genre and also one of the first to release an album containing only grindie tracks, Grindie Vol. 1 containing over 60 songs. Statik stated he turned towards creating a new sound due to the staleness he felt the grime scene was experiencing at the time.[2][4][5] The genre initially received some criticisms by grime fans who perceived it to be a fad created by magazines, rather than a fully fledged scene.[2][6]

Akira the Don, who signed to Interscope Records in 2004, released multiple mixtapes sampling rock and indie artists, including the "Third Hand Wire Riffs mixtape featuring Elastica Big Narstie, Lethal Bizzle, Martin Carr of The Boo Radleys amongst others.

Jack Nimble and Marvin the Martian / Marv the Marsh have been credited for creating the first grindie song, "Stay Off The Kane", released in 2005. The song was a remix of Art Brut's song "Emily Kane". Art Brut later invited Why Lout?, the group Marvin and Jack Nimble were members of, to be the opening act for them at Koko.[7] In 2006, the group released Hoods & Badges EP on the Universal Digital record label.[8]

Akira the Don produced tracks for grime star Big Narstie's "What's The Story Brixton Glory" mixtape that sampled Oasis (band) and Arctic Monkeys, that was later cited as an influence by Ed Sheeran. Grime artist Lethal Bizzle became a prominent artist in the subgenre, releasing multiple top 40 hits produced by Akira the Don that sampled The Clash, The Breeders and Sham 69, also collaborating with Statik, the Rakes, Babyshambles, Bloc Party, and Test Icicles.[2][9][10] Lethal Bizzle was at the time struggling due to clubs banning him from performing. Grindie allowed Lethal Bizzle to find a new, indie, audience and platform.[11] Charlie XCX was dubbed the "Grindie Princess" during her early career.[12] Hadouken! was also associated with the scene.[13][14][15]


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  2. ^ a b c d Sophie Heawood (2006-05-05). "When hood meets fringe | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-09-12.
  3. ^ "An essential taster of Grindie". Metro. 2008-06-29. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  4. ^ "collective - statik presents 'grindie vol.1'". BBC. Retrieved 2010-09-12.
  5. ^ "Sentimental Things: The story of UK Dance Music from 2000-2009 in 100 records - Page 8 of 11". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  6. ^ "'All The eastern girls' - flux pavilion remix". Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  7. ^ "No 288: Marvin | Music | Music". Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  8. ^ October 2007, 30. "Marvin ‘Get By (Be Good)’". Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  9. ^ "Ready, AIM, inspire: four takeaways from Indie-Con 2017". Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  10. ^ "Can music lovers mix? Rappers, rock fans, racism". The Independent. 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  11. ^ Bradshaw, Melissa. "BBC - Music - Review of Lethal Bizzle - Go Hard". Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  12. ^ "Charli XCX - Live At KOKO, London". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  13. ^ "Hadouken! Talk Grime". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  14. ^ "BBC - Electric Proms 2007 - Hadouken!". Retrieved 2019-09-02.
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