Just when I had given up hope that Death Grips would release an album this year, BANG. Death Grips releases their new album for free on their website. This was one of those "music events" where everyone on the internet is listening to and talking about the same album at the same time, which rarely happens nowadays.
Bah. Internet. Back in my day, I had to walk two miles uphill to get to
the record store only to find that the album was sold out!
Whether or not Death Grips was trying to bring the world together through noisy hip hop, I can't be certain. But I am absolutely certain that this album is astonishing. When Death Grips released the track "Birds" about a month ago, I was pretty impressed how Death Grips seems to constantly changing their sound while sounding like nothing but themselves. This album is full of strange samples, off-kilter beats, and bonkers atmospherics that are unlike anything I've ever heard... except for Death Grips.
If I were to give you an idea of what to expect, it sounds like they melted "Lord of the Game" and "5D" together and created an albums worth of variations on that feel. I also hear parts that remind me of the Hotline Miami soundtrack. The tracks I listed above are both from Exmilitary, and I feel this album is the closest cousin to that album in their growing discography.
The first track on the album has one of the greatest track titles in the history of music: "You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it's your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat". If you don't love the track already, give it a listen. This track is the most familiar sounding and makes for an excellent hype-as-fuck opener. But what makes this track so next-level to me is the snare roll crammed into the middle of the main bass riff. It takes it from groovy "hellz yeah" to "GET HYPE-AS-FUCK" in a millisecond.
One of my favorite elements on this album is the heavy use of vocal sampling. They have used this technique on all their releases, but on Government Plates, it has been turned up to an extreme level. The album also has a heavier EDM presence than on other Death Grips records. Put everything together and you have an insane, endlessly entertaining "I don't know what to do with my hands" album.
Do I dance? Do I play it cool? Do I punch the woman next to me?
Get noided, yall.