Death Grips ‘Fashion Week’
I was pretty bummed out by the news that Sonic rap assault crew Death Grips were calling it quits. But it appears that fans have been offered a glimmer of hope today, with the arrival of surprise instrumental album ‘Fashion Week’.
Totted as a “instrumental full length soundtrack”, I can’t really imagine what kind of film would be home to such frenzied, assaultive sounds. Maybe a dystopian crime tale? A grimy and gritty revenge flick?
Whatever the case, ‘Fashion Week’ sure is a sonically dense output, that whilst missing Ride’s harsh bark, is still innovative, explorative and darn good. You’ve got to hand it to these guys, they are making sounds that no other band is right now. Sure, elements of industrial, punk and rap have their place within their sound, but when fused together by the Death Grips lads, it nearly becomes beyond recognisable.
It’s warped and manipulated so severely it becomes a hot mess of crazy rave rap – a soundscape that is Death Grips through and through.
Various media channels are reporting the record is apparently indicative of the release date of part two of the group’s latest album Powers That B, that is to be entitled Jenny Death. Each track title Spells out ‘Jenny Death When’, and with the album named Fashion Week, all signs point to a mid February release. Whilst we’ve still got a month of waiting, thankfully we can sink our teeth into ‘Fashion Week’ – a sprawling set of sludgy psychosis that reminds us why Death Grips are one of the most polarising and enigmatic artists of the moment.
Words by Isabella Trimboli