Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Death Grips- Ex Military

Whenever my girlfriend says to me, "What the hell are you playing on the stereo?" that's usually a good sign. She was annoyed by the overtly aggressive hip-hop on this free download mix tape, produced by a three man collective from Northern California. Apparently, the group are planning a proper full-length release later this year. Ex Military has an industrial vibe and an ever-present rumble of forcefullness, but it's peppered with a lot of interesting samples: 60's keyboard psych, space age synth notes, Pet Shop Boys "West End Girls", guitar riffs borrowed from Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive", and dub-step electronics to name a few. Imagine if Girl Talk was huffing glue on a street corner in West Oakland while construction workers jackhammered a street to build the base for a Chuck D. statue and that's pretty much what you get here, except Death Grips are more directly involved with the actual making of their music. As Death Grips so eloquently put it, "Culture shock, fuck yourself".
*Go to the link below for a free download of this mixtape.

Buy this record if you need a little down time from the significant other.


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