Later that night, Vancouver’s Babe Rainbow smoked out the Savoy room upstairs at Metropolis with a head-spinning set of soft focus electronics and cough syrup hip-hop beats. Perfect for sitting down, getting lost in the haze and losing track of your surroundings.
Endless Path appears to be a narrative in the same manner as By the Throat. This EP serves a dual purpose as both a metaphor of the moral degradation and religious ignorance of modern urban culture and the individual descent into such a culture. Shaved told the story of a morally-vacant drug-addict joining a coven. Now, Endless Path further explores this character as he begins to question the world around him through the point-of-view of his new coven peer-group. For this individual what was new and exciting in Shaved has become ominous and contemplative in Endless Path. This individual is beginning to understand that there are endless deeper levels to everything. I simply cannot praise Babe Rainbow enough, and I am pleased he did not make me wait too long for Endless Path. As soon as I had heard Shaved I knew I had found a very talented man. I understand that this music is not for everyone. Minimalist abstract electronic music is the ass-end of the techno world. If you like Babe Rainbow check-out Access to Arasaka, Akira Yamaoka, Ben Frost, Blackfilm, Datach’i, Drew Neumann, James Blake, Mark Korven, Phalangius, This Will Destroy You, and Vexed.
What a lovely review.
Babe Rainbow has just dropped his new EP “Endless Paths” and is streaming the stunning cut “Set Loose.” The Canadian producer made us laugh with the Richard D. James-esque music video for “It’s All Happening,” but with the new song “Set Loose” (found on just released EP “Endless Paths”), Babe Rainbow mesmerizes and the washes of synths, reverb-laden, hand-clapped beats and disembodied voices. This is electronic music as it should be—beautiful, revelatory, and so good it makes every other music project seem just okay.
“Set Loose” is already one of the best songs of 2011 and a perfect soundtrack for the summer—one that can be put on a loop without the risk of growing old. It’s just wave upon wave of electronic beauty in the tradition of Boards of Canada, the ambient work of Aphex Twin and Odd Nosdam. The rest of the “Endless Paths” EP explores darker, more schizophrenic shades to great effect.
Download “Set Loose” here.
Spatial, crackling post-dubstep EP; driven by lumbering rhythms spooked with haunting atmospherics. Following a 2010 Warp debut, ‘Endless Path’, continues Babe Rainbow’s schizoid vision of electronic paranoia, mania and rhythmical maladjustment. Essential.
Vancouver-dweller Babe Rainbow is the latest in Warp’s long and illustrious tradition of free associating beat-makers, and sure enough ‘It’s All Happening’ – opening jam on this new EP - could easily be an old Wagon Christ or Prefuse track, all diced breakbeats and repurposed jazz flutes (the good kind); it’s only the preternaturally swampy sub-bass and pin-sharp sound design that remind us we’re in 2011. Wicked stuff, but a misleadingly frothy and backwards-looking start to an EP that’s peppered with surprises and unafraid of the dark side: ‘The Spill’ is a kind of eldritch house interlude crammed with music-box chimes, faintly demonic groans and a litary of tenebrous FX, and the marvellous ‘Bounty’ teams noirish Vangelis synths with shuffling industrial drum tattoos. That said, Babe’s true allegiances are to hip-hop, and ‘Greeds’ stylish beats - somewhere between Various and The Weeknd - are laced with smart, gruff rhymes from Yung Clova, while ‘Set Loose’ and ‘Chains’ are bedroom R&B epics in a top-notch, Clams Casino fashion, the latter conveying that much more drama by being beatless. God knows we know there are a LOT of these post-dubstep hip-hop dudes around right now, but this EP is a genuine stand-out, with a surfeit of ideas and minimum flab; its tough, focussed jams suggesting worlds of possibility and avenues for future exploration.
The first review of my new EP is in and it’s a positive! :)
While Rocketnumbernine finished up, I wandered over to the second room to catch the end of Babe Rainbow’s set. I had never heard Babe Rainbow before, but I have to say I was extremely impressed with his set. Falling somewhere between dub techno, experimental and ambient music, he definitely has a sound that is completely his own and pushes music further into the future.
A very nice review of my Mutek set from EarMilk.
I arrived to Metropolis for Nocturne 4 to the pleasant beats of Stephen Beaupré, whose former collaborator in Deadbeat was playing at the SAT at the same time, incidentally. His set quickly ended and I made my way to the intimate Savoy room to check out Babe Rainbow, whose vaguely acid-house tunes had everyone dancing. Somehow his tracks are very fresh and I get the feeling I’ll be hearing about this guy a lot in the near future.
A kind review of my Mutek set.