Rabit is Houston producer, composer, DJ, and record label owner Eric Burton. Chiseling out a bold vision of sound since 2012 Burton has slowly worked his way to the forefront of an international group of artists seeking to create a fresh and uncompromising perspective on future dance music and the very fabric of the club landscape.
Much like his contemporaries, Arca, Lotic and Toxe or international crews such as NON Worldwide, NAAFI, and Staycore, Burton combines industrial, hip hop, noise, and sound collage to foster sonic spaces for the exploration of sexuality, gender, race, embodiment, and injustice. Frequently collaborating with fellow artists he plays an active role in a momevement which entertains a strong sense of community, creative exchange, and keeps pushing the borders of the sonic and social concepts of what a club is supposed to be, thus reclaiming the dancefloor for a young generation of music lovers weary of traditional dance music, its reactionist forms and often chauvinist audiences.
Starting his career in 2012 Burton’s music has always been deeply informed by an outward-looking taste. After releasing several EP’s, splits and singles on labels in the US, Japan and Ireland it was his 2015 debut album, Communion, released on NYC’s Tri Angle Records, which garnered him broad attention by international audiences and the music media. Inspired by the talent emerging around him, 2015 also saw the launch of his own label Halcyon Veil, a collaborative release with NON’s Chino Amobi as well as a official remix for Björk’s Vulnicura LP.
In 2016 Rabit was featured heavily as a producer on Elysia Crampton's Break World album, Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City (with Chino Amobi, Why Be, Rabit & Lexxi). Additional time was invested in Halcyon Veil releases of artists such as Why Be, Angel Ho and Abyss X.
Early 2017 will see the release of a new collaboration between Rabit and Chino Amobi. The artist is currently also working on his sophomore album, anticipated for a release in the second half of 2017.
“Communion feels genuinely unsettling: You emerge even after just a few minutes' worth of the album's unrelenting barrage of beats and palette of sampled shrapnel feeling dazed and punch-drunk. Needless to say, it is also thrilling, even when it leaves a sick pit in your stomach.” - Pitchfork Media on Communion
“Amobi and Rabit position their will into an act of violent repentance, glowing brightly inward like hot coal and outward like chariots of fire. The two have created something completely devastating, often to the point of inducing tears — tears from pain, pain — they show the “despair of Fifth Avenue, on any afternoon, the people moving, homeless, through the city, praying to find sanctuary before the sky and the towers come tumbling down.” - Tiny Mixtapes on The Great Game: Freedom From Mental Poisoning
Territory: Europe • Asia • Australia → Simon Wojan
Available for Festivals and Club Shows in fall 2017