A little over a year after noise-rap malcontents Death Grips raised a middle finger to the music industry by posting their album No Love Deep Web as a free download on their website, they’ve just posted another new record. Their third full-length, Government Plates, is now available to download here and here and stream in the Soundcloud below. The group also posted each of the LP’s 11 tracks to its YouTube channel with visuals.
The record comes just a few days before No Love Deep Web will be getting an official physical release, via a partnership with Harvest Records. On Tuesday, the album will be available – with artwork that sanitizes the pink phallus that graced the art accompanying the free download – as a CD, vinyl and newly priced download. When Death Grips released the album last year, they did it against the wishes of their label at the time, Epic. The reasoning they gave for making the album available was that Epic had pushed the record’s release date into 2013. The label subsequently dropped Death Grips from its roster.
Since then the trio has taken well to doing things for themselves, with some members touring festivals (for better or worse) while drummer Zach Hill worked on Death Grips–related projects. The band announced Hill’s hiatus in May with a post that said in a statement to Pitchfork, “Zach is currently writing, directing and soundtracking an original feature film. . . The film will be soundtracked with all new Death Grips music. He is also working on and recording the new Death Grips album at the moment.” In August, the trio previewed Government Plates when they posted a video and download link for the track “Birds” to Facebook. At the time, Death Grips provided no context for the post.
Stream Government Plates below: