Jenna Dickens and Ben Langmaid (founding member of La Roux) combine forces to form Rude Grl. Drawing influences from the early 80’s and 90’s, electro hip-hop, and post-punk, their first release through SCUM RECORDS is That’s the Way it is (Survival of the Sickest).
Sampling Run DMC’s classic “It’s Like That,” the duo retains the funky hook while employing their own modern twist with banging electro elements that melt, trickle, and pour over this unique soundscape. Accompanying the single is a video rife with old school music video cuts and washed out transposed images with lots of neon and fuzzed out edges a-la VHS. The duo and Rat Boy, founder of SCUM Records, had plenty to say about this release.
Jenna Dickens said: “I’m so excited to get this music out there! I hope it causes some mayhem. Ben is like a big brother to me, he’s really been there for me personally, as well as in music. That’s what has made the music so special. We were allowed a space to put everything into it: the raw and the real…no holding back!”
Ben Langmaid said: “Jenna and I clicked immediately, as soon as we met. When it comes to her rhymes and flows, combined with the journey she’s been through, she’s a musical force to be reckoned with. She is the real deal, and a true star, so I was excited to work with her and I’m really proud of the music we’ve created!”
Rat Boy said: “I’m excited to announce my own label SCUM RECS. I’ll be working with and releasing new artists that I’m excited about. Rude Grl is our first release. Jenna has had a tough upbringing and she channels it into witty playful bars over 80’s styled beats. I’ll be welcoming loads of different styles and sounds to SCUM RECS from everywhere around the world”