Live Review | The Rapture @ Metro

Live Review | The Rapture

Metro, Chicago

by Joshua P. Ferguson

The Rapture has had a tumultuous existence. Infighting, family issues and label headaches have probably stunted the trajectory that this band could have had. Watching their intimate show at the Metro last night, I couldn't help but wonder if frontman Luke Jenner—or lost member Matt Safer—lies in bed at night asking himself if the Rapture might have been LCD Soundsystem had things worked out differently.

If Jenner does, he didn't show it last night. His band might be playing smaller venues and lack in the confidence and stage presence of its bigger labelmate, but a brilliant new record, In the Grace of Your Love, and a string of past hits were more than enough to work from, and the near capacity crowd seemed to agree.

The punk-funk pioneers put on a no-frills show, stepping onto the stage with little more than a hello. The bulk of their set seemed to lean heavily on past material, wasting no time getting into hits like "Get Yourself Into It" and "House of Jealous Lovers"—which I thought was surely going to be saved for the encore. Modest but still energetic, they left no breathing room between songs. One would bleed right into the next amid slick guitar riffs, sax solos and heavy cowbell. The only breaks they took were for Jenner to dive into the crowd—which he seemed to revel in, doing so three or four times.

When they walked off stage having only played "Miss You" and "Never Die Again" from the new record, I was fully prepared to complain about cashing in on hits and failing to ready new songs for the road. But an encore of "Sail Away" and the anthemic "How Deep is Your Love" shut me up quickly. If it took all of their ups and downs for the Rapture to turn out sounding this good, than these boys should rest assured that things worked out for the best in the end.

—Joshua P. Ferguson

I also woke up to this killer remix from A-Trak that's also a great tribute to fallen comrade DJ Mehdi. Courtesy of Stereogum.

In A-Trak's words:

"I did this remix over the summer, and when I was close to finishing it I played it to my friend, the irreplaceable DJ Mehdi. We often played each other our productions for feedback. As it turns out he and Riton were visiting New York so they stopped by my apartment. I was working on the main version of the remix, the vocal version. I knew I would make a few alternate edits during the mixdown. The funny thing was, Mehdi's favorite part was the ending! He and Riton suggested that I have that part come in earlier. My reaction was: that would work well for the dub version. And sure enough, when I finished mixing it down I made a dub with their suggestion. When I sent it to Mehdi shortly after, he responded (as a joke) that I should call it "Dub For Mehdi". He included it in his "Tunisian Summer" mix. And then, as we all know, the unimaginable happened and we lost our dear friend. The least I can do now is name the edit after him. This one's for you, Memed."

Download: The Rapture "How Deep Is Your Love" (A-Trak dub for Mehdi) | 320 mp3

Download: The Rapture "How Deep Is You Love" | 320 mp3


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