Hotly anticipated fourth album from hip hop metallers Death Grips. Always willing to ditch gigs, split up, reunite and basically cause as much chaos as possible, the one thing you can rely on is that The Powers That B is predictably heavy and dare I say epic. Out on 2CD and 2LP vinyl from Harvest US.
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- The Powers That B by Death Grips
6/10 Robin Staff review, 26 March 2015
Oh Death Grips. Splitting up permanently and then reuniting the same week your final ever album comes out? That’s so Death Grips. Releasing half of your double album chock full of stems from Bjork songs? That’s so Death Grips. Grinding away at your fanbase with infuriating gestures until no one really cares anymore? That is so: Death Grips.
The first half of ‘The Powers that B’ has circulated the internet for long enough now, following in the abstract footsteps of ‘Government Plates’ with beats spiralling out of control as MC Ride and Zach Hill gasp, laugh and half-heartedly rap their way around the place. The samples of Bjork are reduced to robotic gasps that get pummelled against the music; it's all pretty standard, a less intense rehash of past ideas, though “Black Quarterback” is a total classic, Ride rapping over nothing before Bjork comes crackling in over a beat -- at that point Ride's still not really rapping with anything, but at least he’s in tandem with it.
‘Jenny Death’ finally completes the record: fifty minutes of action-packed Death Grips that bubbles with the electronic energy of ‘The Money Store’ with none of its cohesion. It's Death Grips at their noisiest and most formless, and Ride at his most breathless; there’s sparks of EDM in the clusterfuck that is “I Break Mirrors”, while “Why A Bitch Gotta Lie” uses distorted vocal screams to introduce… nothing much at all. Can this be my conclusion? Death Grips being purposely not very good is so Death Grips.
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