Among a young generation of grime romanticists, Dark0 might be the most shameless of the lot.
Granted the North Londoner has plenty of competition, whether from Mr Mitch south of the Thames, the reclusive Yamaneko or Strict Face in Australia. But, weaned on a diet of Japanese video games and unafraid to show his tender side, Dark0 has proven himself to be a young master of heartfelt melody.
It’s a skill he demonstrates amply on his remix of the Brownswood-signed Anushka. The original "Kisses" is breezy and light, the Brighton duo choosing to express their romantic desires through a jaunty slice of electronic pop. For Dark0, that won’t do. He raises the stakes tenfold, amping up the drums, throwing in a vaulting synthetic melody, and turning the "weep" dial up to 11. It’s not subtle, but big emotions never are.
Dark0’s remix of "Kisses" is out now via Brownswood.