Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings
Feb 19, 2015'Fashion Week', the first instrumental effort from Death Grips, showcases the magnificent production talents of the band's beatmaker,'Fashion Week', the first instrumental effort from Death Grips, showcases the magnificent production talents of the band's beatmaker, Flatlander. Although with MC Ride's abrasive and distinct vocals, this record still manages to maintain Death Grips' aggressive aesthetic and this, alongside the hidden message within the track listing, spelling 'JENNY DEATH WHEN', will undoubtedly keep fans intrigued until the release of 'Jenny Death', the much-anticipated second half of their potentially final double album.
The album kicks off with the industrial-sounding 'Runway J', which instantly grips the attention of the listener with a salvo of hard-hitting bass hits and snares and percussion which sound like several doors slamming in your face. In typical Death Grips fashion, fast and confusing synth lines are to follow. Track 2, 'Runway E', is another highlight on this record, beginning with highly distorted guitars and featuring a series of ear-piercing stuttering synth patterns.
Following the sugary 'Runway N', which readily displays the band's schizophrenic tendencies and the second 'Runway N', a grungy number which showcases Zach Hill's wild and primal drumming techniques, is 'Runway Y', an ethereal track seemingly inspired by trap music or chopped-and-screwed hip-hop, which features brilliant descending sub bass lines and an intriguingly spooky synth.
The second half of the album is generally more dance floor friendly, but, each track still features instantly recognisable aspects of Death Grips' style, simply toned down and much less combative than the majority of the group's earlier work. 'Runway H' features elements of Marilyn Manson-esque industrial rock but with 90s' synth 'wubs' that wouldn't seem out of place of Apollo 440's 'Millennium Fever'.
All-in-all, 'Fashion Week' is a pleasing instrumental album and acts as a worthy release to keep listeners gripped with the band's relentless unorthodox antics and the 'Jenny Death' hype. However, the record would benefit from more aggression and less looping. The majority of the tracks on 'Fashion Week' do not tend to move anywhere, simply repeating previous parts of the track to flesh them out. The record also lacks MC Ride's vocals, which add so much to the group's hostility and their tendency to fright.
Rating: 77/100… Full Review »
Apr 6, 2017The production on their albums is amazing but without the vocals accompanying it... its kinda boring. Like, the production is cool and all butThe production on their albums is amazing but without the vocals accompanying it... its kinda boring. Like, the production is cool and all but it gets old after a while without any vocals.… Full Review »
May 11, 2016Death Grips' sound is totally their own and like no other. Thankfully, with Fashion Week they manage to retain much of that even without MCDeath Grips' sound is totally their own and like no other. Thankfully, with Fashion Week they manage to retain much of that even without MC Ride's savage vocals, though I can't decide which of these three tracks are my favourite: Runway N, Runway N, or Runway N?… Full Review »