Single Review – Death Grips – Hot Head

The new track from Sacramento trio MC Ride, Zach Hill and Andy Morin titled ‘Hot Head’ is a new track from the experimental group’s fifth studio album in four years with Bottomless Pit. The track features a lightening quick array of voice samples and razor edged distortion with vocal madness around it with only the words hot head emerging from it. The track falls away into a form of flickering synths in which the song sounds wonderfully aggressive and unknown with MC Ride spitting lyrics out at you as guitars crash around him. The core of the song is inventive and works wonderfully as a piece of psycho-hip hop. The outer edges make less sense and just seem to made for the sake of it. Hopefully Death Grips find a balance and make their inventive sounds follow at least some continuity as it was this that prevented their last album from being a classic.


Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Sunday Suggestion – Tycho – Ascension

Tycho is a producer from Sacramento, California and who also dabbles in photography and design. He has been producing ambient techno or ‘downtempo’ music for around a decade now with his debut album Sunrise Projector reaching it’s tenth year now. He’s had plenty of experience while remaining relatively obscure and mysterious; much like his music. His fourth effort Awake is set for release on March 18th from which he’s already released an intriguing title track. I want to look back at ‘Ascension’ from 2011. It is a very drawn out and washed out sounding track as you’d expect, with the muffled beat rotating the song steadily in the background as the lighter synths bounce off it, the shimmering synth sounds away from it. The beat is replicated by a bass line and a tune is cut out via a more immediate and sharper synth. As the songs progresses smoothly and gradually; you get the odd echoed vocal sound or light guitar strumming but it is all minimal and so it should be. It carves out it’s own cool and sleek path.

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