Houston producer Rabit has an electrically-fired approach to club sounds, throwing in a teeming soundscape of clicking audio detritus along with his hammering beats. Communion, his first full-length for Tri Angle, is not only the most developed his sound has been to date, but is also the most emotionally charged, fuelled by a mass of 2015-era issues.
8/10 Ant Staff review, 29 October 2015
Houston, Texas producer Rabit is back on Tri Angle, following up his ‘Baptizm’ EP for the label with his debut full length ‘Communion’. In the interim he’s been busy curating his fledgeling Halcyon Veil label as well as remixing Bjork.
‘Communion’ is a complex album that deconstructs and remoulds the template of Grime. Consisting of eleven reasonably short tracks, Rabit loads each with plenty of dynamics and intensity. Machine gun beats spray and dissolve in complex patterns, percussion shatters like splinters of broken glass. Like imagine if Venetian Snares was using Grime as the foundation of his tracks rather than jungle, using gunshots etc. rather than amens. It’s all pretty overwhelming, tough and heavy with barely a loop in ear shot. But amongst the chaos are slivers of sadness and heartache, running the full gamut of the emotional spectrum, it’s not an easy album to get to grips with, which is part of its appeal.
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