When most people hear Sacramento, CA, they think of Arnold Schwarzenagger, rich suburbia and wine-tasting, and not poverty, drug use or violent crime. Enter Death Grips, a raw new hip-hop duo that reminds middle/upper class America that poverty is real and everywhere. Reminiscent of the 1980’s punk scene in attitude, and easily comparable to Tyler, the Creator in musical style, Death Grips delivers an extremely raw, abrasive sound, that perplexes and alienates the listener, but compels him/her to want more. Once you get past the fact that this album sounds completely different from anything you’ve ever heard, you can realize the complexity of the beats and hidden intellect of the lyrics.
You might recognize the sample from “Spread Eagle Cross the Block” as “Rumble” by Link Wray from the movie Pulp Fiction.
Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas enlists the help of a gay porn star for this silly, but not unloveable, video. Hadreas’ new album, Put Your Back N 2 It is out February 21st.
Both happy and trendy, the video for Happy Trendy’s song “January 6” stars another pair of bed-lying, street-wandering twenty-somethings. “January 6” is on Happy Trendy’s newest EP, Die Young, which came out late last year Warren Hildebrand’s label, Orchid Tapes.
Playing to empty chairs in empty rooms and a nonchalant cat, Happy Trendy’s Dylan Khotin-Foote performs a stripped-down version of “January 6”.
Take a gander at the Happy Trendy Tumblr here.
And download Die Young for free on the Happy Trendy bandcamp.