Boomkat Product Review:
Rabit brings together all three volumes of his killer mixtape series tribute to DJ Screw in one set, duplicated to military grey tape. While volume 1 has previously been available, this is a first physical appearance for volumes 2 and 3. Syruppy, seriously fucked chopped & screwed edits of Sade, Araabmuzik, Tirzah, AFX, Lana, Enigma, Riri , Lil Boosie ++++
Like DJ Screw, Rabit also hails from Houston and has long named Screw’s radical style of slowed down and Codeine-infused rap and pop edits as a major influence on his own productions. On the first volume, ‘Cry Alone Die Alone’ he pulls back for a tarry hour of slurred rap and shoegazing electronic haze in keeping with that OG spirit.
Part 2, Bricks in a Drought features Sade, Aaliyah, Riri and Ciara slowed down into the mix along with Araabmuzik and more, nailing a proper, dusky, stoop-side sound in 11 parts underlined by the wooziest, gelatinous subs and smudged with glistening compression artefacts to hold listeners under its slow, heavily warped spell.
Part 3, The Dope Show, finds Lil Boosie, AFX, Tirzah, Enigma and Lana Del Rey slopped in-the-mix with a special measure of psychedelia and asphalt-grain ruffness. Where the first two instalments were strictly rap focused, this one’s a bit looser with the style, marrying some of the most notable, contemporary female voices with super rugged and bittersweet backdrops.
His compound of Lil Boosie and AFX makes us do that thing chefs do when they like da sauce, and he evens manages to make Lana Del Rey palatable in two crashing dollops, while the screwed downstroke of Tirzah’s ‘Gladly’ demands to be heard by anyone who fell for ‘Devotion’ (all a y’all, innit?!), and really, that Enigma track was aways begging to get screwed.
Vibes for eons.