Artist: Death Grips
Title: “The Money Store”
Sacramento’s Death Grips turn in one of the year’s most challenging and intriguing efforts with “The Money Store,” an experimental, glitchy hip-hop effort.
MC Ride’s rhymes are vague, cryptic and impenetrable, making them secondary to the loops, beats and whirring noises of “Money Store” constructed by Flatlander and Hella’s Zach Hill.
“I’ve Seen Footage” ranks as one of 2012′s strongest single tracks, with Ride talking about detaching himself from the horrors he’s seen in his own life: “Desensitized by the mass amounts of s—.” The hero of the music is a driving, drugged out keyboard lick from Flatlander that props up Ride’s mania.
Their ability to take sounds from everywhere and construct them into this loony ride makes “Money Store” all the more interesting. Even if the perpetual background noise of “Lost Boys” isn’t an airplane in flight, it gives the music an edge of destination and anticipation like being suspended midair.
Since so much of “Money Store” is a challenge to decode both musically and lyrically, it’s worthy of a spin just to try to figure out what it’s all about.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.