by Andy McCallum
Death Grips – The Money Store
Capitalising on the hype that followed their 2011 mix tape, Ex-Military, Sacramento based hip-hop outfit Death Grips dropped their debut studio album, The Money Store April 21st of this year. A relentless assault that threatens to derail itself at any moment, The Money Store is a dissonant, vital and visceral soundscape that is destined to polarize. Anything but your typical hip-hop record, the beats on The Money Store’s lie somewhere in the void between industrial, noise and electronic as the production evokes a sense of unease with a corroded and bass-heavy attack. After their sample heavy debut, The Money Store’s completely original beats are a refreshing change of pace that asserts the band’s raw and abrasive approach to hip-hop.
Zach Hill’s chaotic drumming thrusts Death Grips’ energy much of the album with his trademark technical yet trashy style is thrown to the forefront in tracks such as Fever (Aye, Aye) and Get Got where he is unleashed upon the track like a ravenous beast.