Album Review: 1-800 Dinosaur Presents Trim by Trim
Very Good, Based on 4 Critics
Drowned In Sound - 80 Based on rating 8/10
The musical polymath that is James Blake first started 1-800 Dinosaur in 2010 as club night banner while on tour. It was a way for him, and his backing band, to let off steam and play different music than that he's know for. 1-800 Dinosaur now consists of Blake, Foat, Trim, drummer Mr Assister, guitarist Airhead, and DJ Klaus and they’ve just released their debut album 1-800 Dinosaur Presents Trim.
Sometime in the past decade, Trim fell out with the grime scene. If you didn't know this already, then a listen through 1-800-Dinosaur Presents Trim should clue you in. Picking his way between meditative cymbal crashes on Airhead-produced opener "Stretch," he brags, "I don't think the scene coulda held my weight / They want me to have some respect like / Know my place / Fuck 'em.
Trim is Javan St. Prix, an East London native who has been active in the UK grime scene for the last decade and a half, most prominently as a member of Wiley’s Roll Deep Crew for a chunk of change in the mid-’00s. He left after a dispute with his compatriot Flowdan, and he’s charted a steady career of mixtape releases in the last ten years that have characterized him as the scene’s preeminent outsider.
Trim is Grime’s Jay Electronica. Although pithier in speech and more prolific in output, he occupies a similarly awkward space in the scene. A magisterial presence that embraces esoterica but frequently descends to petty rivalry, his flows are confidently crooked, his wit and wordplay sharp and unsympathetic. Trim’s Soulfood series is regularly gushed about on blogs but saw scant commercial attention.