If Hip-hop did truly die then the Chrome Kids are like the cyborg regeneration in a Robocop style, with sonic lazers on full. As observers struggle to find the right term to describe the meeting point between West Coast Glitch-hop, Montreal Turbo Crunk, Glasweigan Aqua Crunk and the next generation of Dubstep producers, the Chrome Kids have been strengthening the link further with their popular online music blog.
With Diplo dropping comments, P Diddy twittering links and Loo & Placido, the Godfathers of the Mash-up scene claiming it introduced them to Dubstep and Glitch hop, the blog has been doing pretty good in its first year.
It recently appeared as the primary source for Hip-hop / Electronic crossovers in an article for ‘the biggest Hip-hop Magazine in Europe, Gemrany's Juice Magazine and even a few Radio 1 DJs have been keeping their eye on it: Huw Stephens was the first person to invite the Chrome Kids to play as a DJ team at his Swn festival; Rob Da Bank has played a number of tracks that debuted on the blog and invited them to record a mix for his show; and Bethan Elfyn, another DJ to play tracks she sourced from them, invited blog editor Kaptin to stand in to host her BBC Introducing show whilst she was away on holiday. On top of that, their first venture into a group production was picked up from their blog by Colin Murray to play on his show.
The Chrome Kids deejays are an extension of the blog and consists of Kaptin alongside Dubstep duo Monkey and Stagga, both of whom have been getting some major play from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs, Starkey, N Type, Rossi B & Luca, Raffertie, T Minus, Hatcha, Chef, RSD and Jamie Vexed.