Death Grips are a shadow group rising out of Sacremento, California, formed by a couple of guys jamming together in the summer of 2010. Their mixtape Ex Military is doing the rounds, and it’s unbelievable.

What we do know is that DG was founded by producer Flatlander, who also contributes vocals and makes the bands videos. MC Ride is the lyricist and mouth piece, Zach Hill, the beat-master extraordinaire from the math/noise/experimental rock band ‘Hella’ (and uncountable other side-projects) collaborates with ‘Info Warrior’ in the beats/production/programming compartment and Mexican Girl also features on vocals. Ex Military is a proper mixtape, it’s statement of intent, created by a collection of guys with lots of ideas and the talent to realise them. It has killer rhymes, crazy beats, samples that would never pass copyright laws and a flow from track to track that could decapitate you it switches so fast. It’s not an album, but you could take every track from it and extend the themes into 4/5 albums. It’s a raw, beautiful gritty collision of genres and styles, the tracks simultaneously jar and glitter without feeling over-produced.

Stylistically the first thing you are going to notice is that MC Ride isn’t so much rapping, as yelling his way through a lot of the mixtape, which on paper sounds crap, but angry nonsensical music this is not, well maybe a little angry, and a little nonsensical. When he’s rapping Ride has amazing flow and when he’s yelling it’s a perfect storm, comparable to The Bronx’s frontman Matt Cauthran in intensity and deliverance. The production leans on everything from flying lotus-esuqe bass soundscapes, (such as stand-out track ‘Guillotine’) to directly borrowing guitar riffs from Link Wray’s ‘Rumble’ (better known as the soundtrack to Vincent Vega drinking a $5 shake in Jack Rabbit Slim’s) and the kind of cut-ups DJ Shadow would be proud of. The videos are exactly what you would be expecting to see when listening; a performance, a skate film, a b-list horror movie, an extension of the musical style rather than a promotional tool for television. Everything about this project feels immediate, unforced and spontaneous. It is raw, high-energy material that draws on a massive amount of influences and reference. It’s crossing the rock/rap/electro bridge without coming out sounding like a dubstep remix of Walk This Way. It’s punk-rock. It’s intelligent. It’s great music, the kind of original, interesting, compelling music that some of us spend every spare second dredging the internet for.

There is very little information on Death Grips, but what’s for sure is that there are tonnes of tracks alongside this mix-tape that are available for your to legally download for free over at as well as an album already in the making. What’s also for sure is that you need everything they have.