The existence of the group The Grinders is very recent. The duo started up 4 years ago with their first album in collaboration with U-Brown & Ranking Joe: U-Brown Meets The Grinders “Let’s keep on Jammin” released in 2013.
The 2 colleagues U-Man (Laurent Ugolini) and Chalice Cooper (Michel Roche) have known each other for a very long time but they really connected during the filming of “The secret of the big foot” episode 16 of the 3rd series of The six million dollar man with Steve Austin.
The choice of name The Grinders is a reflection of their music. Sharp and crushing effect sounds are mixed, in short. To tell the truth, they hesitated between “The Grinders” and “Fly & Bobbie” and out of respect for “Sly & Robbie” they opted for The Grinders.
To their credit, they have the album U Brown meet The Grinders in 2013. After this they released a digital EP The Grinder present “Kutchi Steve riddim” feat. Ranking Joe & U-Brown album extract with 5 new versions. And , “Under Arrest” project released on 02 June 2014.
The sessions on Under Arrest began during the Summer of 2013. It’s a Reggae rub-a-dub album. The idea was to do a multi featuring with guests from different horizons and dub versions. They were determined to show their “dub” side which will no doubt be featured again in their future productions.
Their Label, Down The Bush Records was created in 2007. In the beginning, the style was moreso Jazz dub, afro beat with a tendance towards house, broken beat electric. And then the reggae vibes have become more influential on the latest productions with Featuring artists Like Sizzla, Ranking Joe, lady Ann, Tippa Irie, U-brown and many more….
In 2015 the Grinders got back with ”Dub Forces in session” a new EP. inspired by a space adventure with sabre & laser sounds and dub effects and sérious guest like darth vader,chewbaca and Jabba The Hut . and Finally The 25th Nov 2016 the grinders jumped into the ring for some real kung fu masters action with “Way of the Lion” album, their last project released… ….
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