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?