Article by Mitchell Buchanan
We all survived April Fool’s Day and made it to April 2nd with much merriment and celebration. At Dubstep.NET, we partied even harder with the exciting release of J. Rabbit’s newest EP, “Immune to Gravity.” The album was released through Ultragore Recordings as their 30th record – and what an outstanding record it is. This California-born producer isn’t new to the world of bass music, but each track on the album is just as exciting as the one before it. J. Rabbit has undeniably found that balance – that place where he can produce music with an identifiable sound, without having each track sound repetitive or the same. It’s an audio “sweet spot,” a tough place to find, but J. Rabbit’s figured it out. Four tracks of blistering synth work, explosive bass, and impeccable vocal samples and lyrics make up the bulk of this album, and we couldn’t possibly be more thrilled to experience every second of it.
The title track, “Immune to Gravity” starts things off with an electric barrage of distorted synths, fiery bass and incredibly punchy drums. The track opens on a calm futuristic note with light percussion and sweeping, reverberating synths – but the energy level picks up quickly with a distorted, spacey melody. The drop comes crashing down with surprising and unrivaled force, unleashing an aggressively distorted midrange smartly paired with explosive low-end for a double-impact of sound. Switching between steady quarter-note attacks and stuttering triplets, the sonic fire doesn’t cease until the 2:45 mark – only to build back up into another blistering and riotous drop.
“Bad Larry” slows the tempo down and moves the aggressive energy of “Immune to Gravity” into a new, funkier realm. Wet, bubbling mid-range synths splash through a melody amidst some of the more intense quotes from Robert De Niro’s role in “Analyze This”. It’s certainly aggressive, but in a dramatically different way – where “Immune to Gravity” was an aggression that demanded respect, almost fearful awe of the power of futuristic space weaponry, “Bad Larry” has an aggression you can have fun and bounce around to. Plus, I mean, it’s De Niro!
The third tune, “Just Sayin,” is another heavy-hitting dubstep track, this time featuring the lyrical styles of KleptoMaddox. Laying fiery rhymes over bombastic, heavily distorted instrumentation, the artists work in tandem to bring the track’s energy to a whole new dimension entirely. KleptoMaddox’s lyrics crave a certain kind of forcefulness backing them, and J. Rabbit’s unique production methods are an absolute perfect fit. If you crave cutting, in-your-face vocals alongside your dubstep, this is the track for you!
Rounding off this EP is the unforgettable “Robot Mafia Showdown.” This track could easily serve as the soundtrack to a futuristic gangster film. Using vocal clips of the almighty Bruce Campbell from the classic film “Army of Darkness”, J. Rabbit mixes straightforward, distorted synths with whining gears and ferociously whomping bass. A shuffling rhythm under the track gives the foundation a rich, energetic swagger, much like a high-class mobster in the Chicago underground – one with a deadly, hidden agenda.
“Immune to Gravity” is a heavy, hard-hitting EP – just what we’d expect from J. Rabbit. Using trademark sounds and unleashing a seemingly endless supply of energy for his listeners, J. Rabbit makes his mark once again with these four brand-new tracks. Each one is wholly unique and exciting – but each is also easily identifiable as distinctly J. Rabbit’s work.
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