Monday, June 6, 2011
Death Grips - Exmilitary by deathgrips
So this is a bit of a weird one and to be honest kind of a great one. This project is a hip hop group from Sacramento. It involves Zach Hill and two other mystery people. I dont hear too much of Zach's drumming, but i suspect i am hearing his beats. He hinted at stuff like this throughout his solo career but until now his noise/pop sensibilities had never been paired with hip hop. I think it's a great mix and he isn't afraid to take risks with this music, a lot of it sounds like it's not going to work but i havent heard a misstep on this album.
The general mood of this album is very confrontational, aggressive yet at the same time really playful. There are a ton of 60s samples ranging from girl group to arthur brown and a bunch of other stuff, bowie gets a sample too. This truly is melting pot hip hop, pulling from many genres twisting them and then using them as a jumping off point to launch this music straight into your brain.
As far as i can tell, this stuff is still pretty "under the radar" and they are offering this mixtape for free on their website right here! http://thirdworlds.net/exmilitary.php
This kind of has a Odd Future feeling to it, but it feels more mature, maybe thats because it is made by an older crowd. It also has a heavy Food For Animals vibe but it's not as focused on abstract IDM, instead you could throw this on at a party and i think people would be down.
This is forward thinking hip hop that i hope turns some heads, this needs to be heard and at that price why not just give it a try it's fucking free!
a few notes: Mike Leisz turned me onto this one...thanks bud! and i highly recommend the songs guillotine and spread eagle across the block...but i mean just download the whole thing!