Bottomless Pit (album)

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Bottomless Pit
Bottomless Pit.png
Studio album by Death Grips
Released May 6, 2016
Recorded 2015–2016
Studio Sunset Sound Recorders[1]
Genre
Length 39:20
Label
Producer Death Grips
Death Grips chronology
Interview 2016
(2016)Interview 20162016
Bottomless Pit
(2016)
Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)
(2017)Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)2017
Singles from Bottomless Pit
  1. "Hot Head"
    Released: February 6, 2016
  2. "Eh"
    Released: May 5, 2016

Bottomless Pit is the fifth studio album by experimental hip hop group Death Grips, released on May 6, 2016 through Third Worlds and Harvest Records.[5]

Background

On October 21, 2015, the group uploaded a video to their YouTube page titled Bottomless Pit. It features footage from 2013 of the late American actress Karen Black reciting lines from a film script Zach Hill wrote months before her death. They also posted on their website and Facebook that this would be the title for their upcoming fifth official studio album.[6][7]

On February 6, 2016, Death Grips released a song called "Hot Head" from their upcoming album onto their SoundCloud and YouTube accounts.[8]

On March 18, 2016, the band published a Facebook post featuring the cover artwork for Bottomless Pit and the track listing.[9]

On April 19, 2016, the band announced a release date of May 6 via a Facebook post alongside a download link for a document containing lyrics for each track on the album.[10]

On April 29, 2016, the album was leaked in its entirety from the band's SoundCloud page via the website Reddit.[11]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[12]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound B[13]
Pitchfork 8.1/10[14]
PopMatters 8/10[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[15]
Spin 8/10[4]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 80 based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12] Many critics, though acknowledging the greater sound quality of the album, compared the album to the band's debut album The Money Store in terms of structure and songwriting.[citation needed]

Pitchfork wrote, "On their new album 'Bottomless Pit', they stitch together one of their most cohesive grotesques ever, renewing their focus on songcraft, rather than chicanery." Pretty Much Amazing described the album as "the best release from one of the most exciting artists of the 2010s",[16] while PopMatters stated, "Bottomless Pit will clearly not be for all hip-hop or punk fans, but it is impossible to deny that this album, just like the rest of the trio's catalog, is doing a much-needed service to both genres by experimenting with them in unimaginable ways."[3]

Track listing

No. Title Sample(s) Length
1. "Giving Bad People Good Ideas"   3:07
2. "Hot Head"   4:18
3. "Spikes"   3:05
4. "Warping"   2:54
5. "Eh"   2:52
6. "Bubbles Buried in This Jungle" "Lick It" by Dwarves 2:40
7. "Trash"   2:52
8. "Houdini"   2:44
9. "BB Poison"   3:06
10. "Three Bedrooms in a Good Neighborhood"   3:03
11. "Ring a Bell" "Rain Dance" by Herbie Hancock 2:26
12. "80808"   3:16
13. "Bottomless Pit"   2:55
Total length: 39:20

Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Bottomless Pit.[17]

Death Grips

  • Death Grips – composition, production
  • MC Ride – vocals
  • Zach Hill – drums, production
  • Andy Morin – keyboards, production

Additional personnel

Charts

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[18] 193

References

  1. ^ "nick reinhart on Twitter". 
  2. ^ a b Wacey, Rob. "Bottomless Pit – Death Grips". AllMusic. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Elone, Emmanuel (May 10, 2016). "Death Grips: Bottomless Pit". PopMatters. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Reeves, Mosi (May 11, 2016). "Review: Come Test Death Grips and Get Sliced on 'Bottomless Pit'". Spin. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ Strauss, Matthew (2016-03-18). "Death Grips Detail New Album Bottomless Pit | News". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  6. ^ "Bottomless Pit". Death Grips. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Death Grips Announce 'Bottomless Pit' Album". Exclaim!. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Death Grips - Hot Head". YouTube. 2016-02-06. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Timeline Photos". M.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  10. ^ "Death Grips - the digital release date for our new album... | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  11. ^ "zach here, your welcome. :: deathgrips". reddit.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  12. ^ a b "Reviews for Bottomless Pit by Death Grips". Metacritic. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  13. ^ Barry, Sean (May 6, 2016). "Death Grips – Bottomless Pit". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  14. ^ Camp, Zoe (May 12, 2016). "Death Grips: Bottomless Pit". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (August 1, 2016). "Review: Death Grips' 'Bottomless Pit' Sounds Like No Punk on Earth". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  16. ^ Fowler, Luke (May 12, 2016). "Review: Death Grips, Bottomless Pit". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  17. ^ Bottomless Pit (CD liner notes). Death Grips. Harvest Records. 2016. 
  18. ^ "Death Grips Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
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