The second album from Raime lands with a bang: 8 tracks of precision-tooled bass-shudder and industrial wobble. Tooth feels like it has a huge amount of power kept tightly under control, the spindly guitar lines and post-dancehall dynamics acting as a straightjacket, keeping the tension high. A strong return, out on Blackest Ever Black.
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Am I the only person on the planet that’s not been soiling their pants with excitement about this record? Don’t get me wrong I like Raime and that, but the way some folks harp on about ‘em you’d think it was the second coming of Christ or something. Calm down you lot - jeez. No doubt this is good shit though...
So what’s the appeal with Raime? Well I guess what sets them apart from the crowd is essentially that they come off as a sort of ‘real’ band i.e guitars, drums etc. creating music that’s a hybrid of forms where the roots lie in purely electronic means of creation; dark garage, grime, dub techno etc. These guys can actually play instruments as well as utilising electronic means of creation. Like some sorta art rock/ soundsytem soundclash.
From the off ‘Tooth’ goes for the jugular with the opening menacing sub bass growls of ‘Coax’, the spirit of Muslimgauze is etched into the percussion (and indeed the whole album) and what sounds like Augustus Pablo’s melodica possessed by some digital spectre.
‘Dead Heat’ lays on some thick gloopy digi-dub with strings that almost sound like they could have been swiped off of Coil’s ‘Ostia (The Death of Pasolini)’. From there on things remain heavily atmospheric and bitterly cold with fragments reminding me of everything from Photek, Tortoise, Source Direct etc. but overall a sound they pretty much own.
Throughout ‘Tooth’ the sound palette is consistently stark, the bass is cavernous, the synths as cold as brain freeze from necking a Cornetto in one gulp. The duo have really fine tuned their sound on this one - expertly restrained -- building slow, creeping tension, stripping things back to the essential, functional components. On the surface these tracks are minimal but it’s the pure weight of the sounds, precision of the arrangements and immaculate production that subtly draw you into Raime’s dank world -- one that’s as intriguing, ambiguous and futuristic as the androgynous image that adorns the sleeve.
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