Houston dude Rabit produces a really mighty set of tracks for this 12” on Tri Angle Records. Nigh-on Industrial percussion mixes with gun-shots and other sounds of rhythmic chaos on ‘Bloody Eye’, a brief but immense track that sets the tone for the rest of Baptizm. Grime instrumentals from beyond the UK? Damn right.
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I’m not that big on this grime thing, but I’ve heard it’s the new dubstep so let’s go. Who else to get initiated by than Rab the Baptizt? Apparently he’s a Houstonian bigshot beatslimer making lots of 12” waves, and the label don’t lie. What’s that you say Clint? It’s instrumental? I’m in.
Both sides share the same formula - one more minimal melodic thing leading to a weighty grime excursion, all guns blazing. And blaze you will, because the playful tinkle of opener ‘Imp’ does away with the awful midi string lines from the old school days of terrible grime production and replaces it with actual melody and bleep dexterity. This was a new measure introduced by Warp to judge the madness of producer’s output - Aphex’s bleep dexterity is 9.7, Guetta’s is unchartably low.
I digress, but have now been bludgeoned and am sporting a ‘Bloody Eye’, which involves superimposing brutal imagery over swelling sound design which makes heavy use of a gunshot sample in true grime style. All sorts of weird windy machine noises are currently playing ping pong with my left and right ears, bouncing dangerously close to the net that is my brain. It’s really well produced - evidently grime excels when the beats are elaborated more than the verses. ‘Hex’ is cute, like diet grime, but ultimately passable. The crush of finale ‘Straps’ is just so heavy, with stuttering samples mimicking the guns of the first side and long reverbs singing their songs of decay. Impressive stuff, Rab.
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