The experimental duo get outstanding results from the "weightless" sound.
The claustrophobic feel of Raime's past music is gone, replaced by a new sense of space on tracks like "Some Things Can Happen, Just Like This" and "Our Valleys Are Always Uncanny." Where silence in Raime's music once felt suffocating, here it's liberating. Those two tracks rebuild the sounds of weightless grime in Raime's image: bright synths and implacable samples are paired with the duo's trademark vocal gasps and bass bombs, along with MC chatter and other snippets of sound. It's even more dizzyingly referential than Raime's old records, but also more open-ended. Though you'll recognize the typical melodic scales of grime tracks, you've probably never heard them arranged like this.
Raime speed up their rhythms to a nervous stutter on "The Nourishment Cycle," which hints at the dark garage of acts like Horsepower Productions and early Shackleton. Think tribal music from another planet. The dizzy "Real People, Not Actors" hinges on a mallet lead that morphs, sidesteps and disappears every few bars, peppered by guttural vocal sounds, strings and the vaguest hint of drums. In four minutes, "Real People, Not Actors" seems to change shape at least ten times, but there's a path to follow through its topsy-turvy arrangements. It's something made from old building blocks that feels new, just as Raime have done since their first release.