The three track EP boasts a sense of dread and a vastly spacious sound design that will prompt inevitable shorthand comparisons t0 dubstep, but experienced ears will instantly detect that these artists are coming from, and going, somewhere else entirely. The London-based duo are historically passionate fans of house, techno, garage and grime, but their music is a deliberate reaction to the stranglehold that quasi-urbanity and quasi-futurism currently has over electronic music in Britain.
For inspiration they instead look back to the unassimilated outliers of the 80s industrial, goth and synth wave underground, to a time when artists with limited means used electronics to express themselves without worrying about genre constraints or dancefloor workability. But Raime’s music isn’t all about apocalyptic drones and thunderous, ritualistic rhythm – there’s a real undercurrent of sensuousness to their tracks, belying their parallel interest in pastoral dream-pop from the likes of AC Marias, This Mortal Coil and Dif Juz.
The EP’s A-side is taken up by the pensive, plainchant-driven ‘Retread’ and the low-slung, necro-hip-hop of ‘This Foundry’, but the track we have for you to stream today stretches across the entire B. ‘We Must Hunt Under The Wreckage Of Many Systems’ – we gather the title is a a reference to Saul Bellow – is a malevolent giant of a track, driven by militaristic drums and mewling, wraith-like synths. As with all Raime’s music, what really impresses is its narrative thrust – this is no mere mood-piece, no mere psychedelic ramble, rather it’s a track with a rich and compelling story to tell.
For more from Raime, including an excellent mix entitled You Can’t Hide Your Headcrack, visit the Blackest Ever Black site here.