London’s East End and Houston, Texas don’t immediately strike one as having much in common, although recent exchanges are starting to change that. Dizzee Rascal’s recent collaboration with Bun B ( formerly of UGK fame ) yielded a wholly unexpected but brilliant track and video earlier this summer, with the former E3 native sounding and looking surprisingly at home with down South customs. Taking things in the opposite direction with considerably less fanfare is Rabit, a Texan who’s taken the roots of the genre which Dizzee helped break truly to heart. Releases on Keysound and Glacial Sound have shown a producer who injects a unique kind of darkness into Grime tropes, sounding innovative and familiar all at once. The ‘Sunshowers’ EP, which came out last week on Japan’s Diskotopia, is the producer’s most complete statement yet, with production ability, nostalgic influences and attitude all converging to create a potent statement about what Grime can be in 2013.
Predicting big things for the producer from the Lone Star state, we asked him to deliver Hyp 150. Dropping unreleased dubs from himself alongside new cuts from Logos, Mumdance, L-Vis 1990 and classic bass pressure from Shackleton, this is a mix that encompasses Grime alongside all of its possible antecedents and mutations, highlighting a sound that’s unique and exciting as any in the world. Showing a knack for nuance and subtlety which isn’t always shared by his contemporaries, Hyp 150 finds Rabit traversing between moods both meditative and paranoid, as well as delivering the customary bursts of bass fueled energy.
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