Saturday 24 June 2017

hip-hop

odd future

If possible, the band are even more attention-seeking in the flesh. As a coup de grace, they whip off their tops, revealing impressively toned torsos and even more impressively frilly boxer shorts., Still, it would be shortsighted to dismiss them as mere provocateurs. Behind the shock tactics lurk genuinely innovative songs such as 'Sandwitches' and Tyler's solo hit 'Yonkers'. , The material trafficks in a sensibility darker and far stranger than anything the genre has produced in the past 20 years. Whether that is enough to excuse charming references to bitches and c**ks is something each listener will have to wrestle with for themselves. , Ed Power

the academy, dublin

Odd Future are a different sort of guilty pleasure. A much-touted hip-hop collective from Los Angeles, they trade in a compellingly ghoulish mash-up of horror movie samples, gothic atmospherics and baroque rhythms. But it's hard to square their intelligent, adventurous beats with gratuitously nasty and sexist lyrics, larded with violence. The question occurs: is it acceptable to applaud music this boundary-pushing when it is a backdrop to sentiments which, mouthed by 50 Cent or Kanye West, would have the moral majority foaming at the chops?

Irish Independent

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