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Songs We Love: Rabit, 'Straps'

Houston-based producer Rabit scored an EP on the Brit label Tri Angle.
Lane Stewart
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Houston-based producer Rabit scored an EP on the Brit label Tri Angle.

After Kanye West's performance in London this week, grime seems poised to get some well-deserved attention in the U.S. The British street music, best epitomized by Dizzee Rascal's Boy In Da Corner, has its fans in America, no doubt, but no one of West's influence has ever embraced it to the extent that he's been rumored to on his next album So Help Me God.

Artwork for Rabit's <em>Baptizm</em> EP.
/ Courtesy of the artist
Courtesy of the artist
Artwork for Rabit's Baptizm EP.

Still, grime has already made some inroads in America. Rabit, a grime producer from the red-blooded city of Houston, Texas is primed to ride the coming wave. In fact, he's already been featured by a different iconic musician, Björk. She played an Arca remix of Rabit's "Straps" during a guest DJ appearance on Rinse FM, Britain's pirate-but-posh radio station.

We've got the original version of "Straps," and it's no joke. The final track on Rabit's upcoming EP, Baptizm (out March 17 on Tri Angle), is a fierce grime instrumental that lands an uppercut in the opening seconds and batters you with body blows for its three remaining minutes.

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