Personally, I don’t agree with the comparisons between the Raime sound and that of Shackleton. They’re two very different things, IMHO. Shackleton is so dynamic with regards to the percussion that he’s a hard act to follow. Raime’s rhythmic design, on the other hand, is more simplified. The textures are reminiscent, and the colour grey is there from start to finish on “If Anywhere Was Here We Would Know Where We Are”, but that’s where the potential similarities end. Which is a good thing for the mysterious Raime, because that way they situate themselves in their own space in the midst of the overwhelming confusion of nuances and sub-genres that has come over dubstep. It’s a slow and dense space; a dark and cold place. Rather than a forest where magic reverberates, this space is oppressive and more open at the same time, like a large extension of polar land. That’s how Raime enter the spirit: making you feel alone, comatose, almost dead.
The best thing about this 12”, the follow-up to the superb “Raime EP” and now the second release of Blackest Ever Black, is the remix by Regis on the B-side of “This Foundry”, a track from the first release. Not only because it’s the first production not contributed from within the label’s entourage, but because the choice of the Birmingham butcher is a good one on every level. Regis doesn’t go towards his usual violent techno paralysis but instead tightens the screws of the industrial and dark ambient sound of Raime, turning it into a piece of poisoned candy. It has a beat, no doubt, but it’s a toxic one, capable of giving you gangrene on your feet. I love this label.