Boomkat Product Review:
Rabit makes a crucial contribution to the current discourse between US and UK club/grime styles with his stunning debut for Tri Angle.
Arriving hot on the heels of 'Heterocetera' by another Houston-rooted producer, Lotic, the 'Baptizm' EP presents Rabit's smartest, most concise productions to date; 4 tracks, just over 10 minutes of crystalline, piquant electronics feeding off elements of classical composition, instrumental grime and computer music. Much like Arca, he's a master of reduction and efficiency for maximalist effect, whether cramming lucid, violent detail into every millisecond of music or rending ultra-smooth synth gradients and alien harmonics.
The beat-less 'Imp' is effectively baroque in its ornate sweetness, while 'Bloody Eye' deals in dazzling, gyroscopic grime dynamics. 'Hex' is perhaps closest to Zomby's near-fabled take on the Eski sound, but with a stealth and guile of his own, leaving 'Straos' to fillet grime and techno with breathless, future-shocking torque.