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Bang bang bang bang bang bang

Written by: 1 December 2015 One Comment

Boom bang bang!

It’s not just me being stupid, it’s also the sounds of Rabit’s ‘Communion’ – rattling into contention as one of my favourite records of the year. Coming through on Tri Angle – home to Haxan Cloak, FIS, SD Laika, Holy Other, and other proponents of electronic heaviness, it was always going to be one to check.

It’s a bit hard to describe his sound, so I’d recommend getting a little taste via the vid for ‘artemis’.

Rabit’s work takes some cues from the second wave of grime but pushes things further with industrial and noise influences, and a wide-screen sound design that reminds me of a discordant Amon Tobin who has spent too long playing doom on ‘nightmare’ mode.

It is hard for me to pick a favourite track, and in my experience you can jump in at any level and be immediately taken by the sounds. Bass rips into your face as drums snap and twist in the background. Silence and echno lulls you into a brief security until the gunshots are unleashed. Too heavy for all but the darkest of dancefloors, too in your face for discreet background atmosphere, this record is best given some serious volume in headphones as you make your way through whatever stagnant 21st century nightmare your day might put you through.

If you like the sounds of that I’m sure more streaming samples are available at the usual places online. Here’s a bit more of a write-up via Bob Cluness’ excellent review on The Quietus.

For some Communion will be too discordant, too warlike, too brutal to their sensibilities, a direct threat to their notions of what is “beautiful” in their world. But the chrome plated harshness of Rabit’s music brings out a different form of joy, a pleasure that comes from catharsis, frustration, and alienation – which was one of the main aesthetics of industrial music to begin with. Alongside recent releases such as Visionist’s Safe and the releases from the Non label/collective (of which Chino Amobi is a member), Communion is mapping out new pathways over old aesthetic terrain, asking us to ponder and explore new topologies, new realms of affect beyond what our cultures have ascribed to us. It understands that our journey to a posthuman non-carbon simulacrum is already being undertaken, and perhaps it should be a one welcomed with open arms.

If I have the motivation, I’ll write a little more on some other favourite records this year, we’ll see how that works out.

One Comment »

  • Bob Daktari said:

    like that track! Will investigate album

    on ya BN1

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