screenshot from light me up lyric video

RL Grime, Miguel & Julia Michaels Need a Light in New Song

RL Grime dropped a lyric video for “Light Me Up” featuring Miguel and Julia Michaels. He is a producer and they are singers.

RL Grime aka Henry Alfred Steinway from Los Angeles has a new song called “Light Me Up” with R&B singer Miguel and singer-songwriter Julia Michaels. Watch the inspiring lyric video below.

The EDM pop track is an old fashioned duet about romance. “So baby light me up/You can breathe me in/I’ma hold you up/Until the quiet comes, woah…” sing the two in harmony.

According to RL Grime, “shout out the dream team miguel + juliamichaels go listen to this in the sun near a body of water.” So he must want you to listen to it at a beach, lake or even a creek. He also posted a brief rant on Instagram. He seems to be entering a new chapter of DJ life.

i spent a lot of 2015-2017 depressed, anxious and unmotivated. the music i was making for NOVA reflected that; it felt melancholy, but still hopeful. this album was made during a period in my life of growing up and learning how to deal with sadness, and overwhelming stress. i wanted my music to emerge from that darkness, but not to abandon the feelings that had shaped the project in the first place. i wanted to take the sounds that before seemed to emanate from somewhere down below, and bring them up into the skies, and into space. i wanted to find that same sort of power in something light.. ethereal but strong. I know that may sound abstract, but that’s how i can best describe it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ when I’m writing music, i lean heavily on visual inspirations. i like to visualize places and moments in my head and write music that I feel fits there. throughout the process i had this vision of a “nova”, or of a star that begins as nothing but then expands endlessly until its light is all you can see. my vision is for the music to feel like the birth of something new. to start from where VOID left off, but rise up and soar across the sky. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ i dont say this enough but i truly would not be in this position where i’m able to create what I want to without the love and support from you guys. it is a constant motivator and reminder to keep going and continue to challenge myself. So thank you. i hope this album connects with you the way it connected with me.

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This is not the first RL Grime collaboration with Miguel, they made “Stay for It” last year. This track his from his latest album Nova that drops today via We Did It Collective.

Stream and/or download Nova by RL Grime, including “Light Me Up” featuring Miguel and Julia Michaels from your music provider of choice.


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Elizabeth de Moya has contributed to DJ Mag, DJ TechTools, LA Weekly and Thump (Vice). She has a BA in Linguistics from UC Berkeley.