Boomkat Product Review:
rrao arrives on DJ Python's Worldwide Unlimited label with a tight, rhythmically fluid triptych that assembles bouncy tabla pats, harmonium drones and levitational vox into club ready structures, tipped if yr into Nahi Mitti, Amazondotcom and Batu, or the proto-dubstep ghosts of DJ Dinesh/Goldspot Productions, Raz Mesinai and DJ Abstract.
Shotting sub-continental drums and rude bass from the hip on the ‘Hara EP’, rrao ties off a 20 year feedback loop between OG, percussive dark garage/proto-dubstep and the kind of bare-boned rhythmic suss practised by Batu. It arrives in hot pursuit of joints by Worldwide Unlimited label boss DJ Python x Nick Léon, and BFTT, with a fine equilibrium of classic UKG experimentalism and prevailing outernational currents bound to catch fire with veteran and younger steppers alike.
The EP can’t help but get us a bit misty eyed for that early ‘00s phase when Tempa and its family of labels were turning out deep zingers nearly every week, and when NYC’s cutting edge was looking to South and East London for inspiration. We hear it clearly in the rub ’n tug of their glancing tablas and warp bass synced with fragrant vox and raga drone on ‘Infinity is Natural’, or heavier still in the Konnakol-style scatted syllables chopped up over Horsepower Productions-style swing and darkside string on ‘Ramanjun Prime’, and to more laid-back, sinuous effect in ‘Hara’ surely reminiscent of early Badawi and Shackleton numbers.