Rabit pays homage to DJ Screw with new compilation of edits CRY ALONE DIE ALONE

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Houston: stand up! (And if you were already up, you might want to sit down for this.) On June 27, Rabit dropped a new mix of chopped and/or screwed edits called CRY ALONE DIE ALONE — ostensibly in honor of Houston’s very own, the late legend DJ Screw — and according to the producer, it won’t be up long. Grab it while you can over at Bandcamp.

Of course, if you can’t wait to bathe in a sonic manifestation of Texas pride (and who could blame you?), listen to a sample of the mix “down south” (i.e. “2” is listenable down below). Either way, Screwston, I now give you my formal permission to sit back down/stand back up/re-enter the lotus pose — but only if you do it with pride! #Houston


CRY ALONE DIE ALONE tracklisting:

01. 1
02. 2
03. 3
04. 4
05. 5
06. 6
07. 7
08. 8
09. 9
10. 10

Rabit Calls Out Drake For Stealing Artwork

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Drake has long been accused of having “culture vulture” tendencies, exploiting the sounds of other artists to further his own career. And now he may have just straight-up stolen something. In an Instagram post, Houston producer Rabit calls Drake Out for jacking the design of his 2015 tour poster for the new Scary Hours … More »

Rabit & House Of Kenzo Bring The Club To The Festival At Day For Night

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The festival experience can often feel static and uninspired, sort of like screaming into the void if the void was a bunch of people waiting until it’s socially appropriate to grab their next drink while staring at the stage through their Instagram video screen. But Day For Night felt a little different in that … More »

Music Review: Björk – Utopia

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[One Little Indian; 2017]

Rating: 4.5/5

Sonnets / Eventualities

this is the garden:colours come and go,
[here i am, draped in iron gossamer]
frail azures fluttering from night’s outer wing
[lying down, entwined in breath]
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
[i can fill my shadow’s outline with laurel green and longing]
absolute lights like baths of golden snow.
[this is where i open,along a precipice that once was ground]
This is the garden:pursed lips do blow
[cool crimson whispers trickle down my throat]

upon cool flutes within wide glooms,and sing
[vibrations curl like smokelicked fringe]
(of harps celestial to the quivering string)
[of threads of skin unravelling]
invisible faces hauntingly and slow.
[reflections melt like springthawed snow]

This is the garden. Time shall surely reap
[nothing lasts an eternity]
and on Death’s blade lie many a flower curled,
[yet pressed or fallen outlive this hurt]
in other lands where other songs be sung;
[let them come in where hate can’t reach]
yet stand They here enraptured,as among
[with arms around a sighing lung]
the slow deep trees perpetual of sleep
[slow dreams of carbon feeding peace]
some silver-fingered fountain steals the world
[its blood expunged by love unfurled]

quotes in italics from “Sonnets / Unrealities IX” by e.e. cummings
original material by Jazz Scott in brackets throughout

Reverie (Reprise)

This love of ours, you of my heart, is no light thing;
… reminds me of the love in me:[a volatile reverie]
Cuando el amor llega así de esta manera
[i am blown away,like a mountain turned caldera]
[but i am given life again];when my body memory kicks in
My warrior awakens, [roaring]:”Ámame otra vez si te atreves
[when i see myself at peace,i will love again,in droves]

quotes in italics from “Reverie” by e.e. cummings, “Reverie” by Arca, and “Blissing Me”/”Body Memory” by Björk

Utopia / Dissolution of the Sovereign

[i hear your silent screams,in your refusal of decay]
My instinct has been shouting at me for years
The future is our domain
Saying let’s get out of here
The here and now is a prison house
[locked from inside,it’s hopeless without a key]

[so turn yourself inside out by your ears]

Utopia is not elsewhere
It’s here

[walk toward its glow,estranged from fear]

quotes in italics from “Utopia” by Björk and “Dissolution of the Sovereign” by Elysia Crampton

Future Forever / Saint

[you can love again,listen!]

your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop
your past is a loop

turn it off

[and hear!]

music heals too
i’m here to defend it

quotes in italics from “Future Forever” and “Saint” by Björk

♫ Listen: Björk – “Blissing Me”

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We’re almost there! Next week, Björk is releasing her ninth studio album, Utopia. In anticipation, Björk has shared a gorgeous video for new single “Blissing Me,” a song about “two music nerds” falling in love (à la “Headphones”). The clip is directed by Tim Walker and Emma Dalzell, with makeup courtesy of Hungry. Watch the video below and find the song streaming here. YOU WILL NEED AN INTERNET CONNECTION.

And, in case you missed it, Björk, the kind, magical soul that she is, has also shared Utopia’s songwriting and production credits. The album is co-produced by Arca (as we mentioned before), except for one track that’s co-produced by Rabit. Meanwhile, Arca co-wrote five of its 14 songs and Sarah Hopkins co-wrote one.

Utopia is out November 24 via One Little Indian. Pre-order it.

Rabit announces new album Les Fleurs Du Mal via Halcyon Veil

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On November 3, electronic composer and producer Rabit will release his sophomore album. It’s called Les Fleurs Du Mal, which we of course all know is French for “The Fleurs Du Mal.”

Following up appearances on two previously EUREKA!’d albums — Elysia Crampton’s Demon City and Chino Amobi’s Paradiso — not to mention TMT’s 33rd favorite music release of 2015, Les Fleurs Du Mal is Rabit’s exploration of the self, finding out where exactly he belongs in a world growing increasingly chaotic by the second. And, like those albums by Crampton and Amobi, Les Fleurs Du Mal was devised as a product of intentional sequestering, with the goal of creating an experience that feels refined, remarkable, and real.

Les Fleurs Du Mal is set for release November 3 via Halcyon Veil and can be pre-ordered digitally or on vinyl (limited-edition white or otherwise) here. The album features guest vocals from Chino Amobi and Cecilia, who handles co-production alongside Coil’s Drew McDowall.

Watch the video for “Bleached World,” filmed in Houston during Hurricane Harvey, and check out the album’s full tracklisting, down below.

Les Fleurs Du Mal tracklist:

01. Possessed
02. Bleached World
03. Roach
04. Ontological Graffiti
05. Dogsblood Redemption
06. Prayer
07. The Whole Bag
08. Humanity’s Daughter
09. Rosy Cross
10. Ontological II
11. Prayer II (Gemme)
12. Elevation

Rabit – “Bleached World” Video

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Houston-based producer Eric Burton, who puts out haunting experimental music as Rabit, worked with Björk on her upcoming new album, and he also has an album of his own on the way, the follow-up to his 2015 full-length debut Communion. Les Fleurs Du Mal will be out next month, and the first … More »

♫ Listen: Abyss X – Razor

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A friend was telling me recently about how, for the first 10 years or so of their lives, her parents were very strict about consuming anything with refined sugar, additives, etc. As her parents began to breakup, though, this intention became less of a preoccupation for them, and eventually my friend’s diet was taken up completely by all the junk foods that they had been kept away from during childhood — candy and soda and toaster pastries and cereal, everything filler and with high fructose. As these things go, the switchover was made more dramatic by the sense of making up for lost time, catching up on all the previously secret unhealthy and heavenly delights.

This came to mind when listening to “Razor,” from Abyss X’s upcoming record Mouthed, out next Friday, September 30 on Halcyon Veil. The track captures that feeling of repression followed by overload, stability interrupted by sudden and extreme stimulation. Ingest below:

♫ Listen: Jesse Osborne-Lanthier – As The Low Hanging Fruit Vulnerabilities Are More Likely To Have Already Turned Up.

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Like two giant pieces of steel coated in black slime being swung together, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier’s As The Low Hanging Fruit Vulnerabilities Are More Likely To Have Already Turned Up, the artist’s new release on Rabit’s Halcyon Veil label, lurches into existence and provides us with the darkest of digital noise painstakingly shaped into a relentlessly, impressively fierce half hour.

Sounding as if it is being spit from some forgotten corner of deep space or debugged out of a truly evil piece of computer code, the tones here are harsh, bleak — sharp glitches embedded in ultra sub bass, punishing distortion faded into huge reverb, unholy synth choirs, wildly de-pitched claps, repurposed 128kbps artifacts, percussion that sounds like a chain knocking into the side of a rusted bell, etc. This is heavy digital music, totally inorganic, yet fully human.

A.T.L.H.F.V.A.M.L.T.H.A.T.U. is available from Halcyon Veil and can be streamed below in its entirety via SoundCloud. Physical and digital formats will be available August 12.