‘119’ (Odd Future Records/Trash Talk Collective )
Trash Talk are dangerous. They make people feel sick. They make people violent. They’re horrible. It’s for these reasons that their partnership with OFWGKTA, announced in May, is so stirring. It’s the unholy union between the two most gruesome musical forces at work today, a match made where no figure of authority or scrupulous, functioning member of society dare tread. Unlike so many bands, Trash Talk have always offered an escape route, the chance to feel part of something important. Now with Tyler, The Creator and Lee Spielman trading bong hits and ideas, they feel more illicit than ever. Articulate lyrics, brutality, aggression and hot, thick-and-fast sequences that could turn Benjamin Francis Leftwich into a spliff-stealing thug characterise ‘119’. ‘Uncivil Disobedience’ begins a sequence of three songs that offer a kicking like nothing else you’ll hear this year. Tyler slides a verse into ‘Blossom & Burn’’s abrasive gravel pit, but leaves Spielman and his band to close out 14 songs that barely break the two-minute barrier. Friendship with OFWGKTA and patronage of King Krule proves Trash Talk’s willingness to embrace and develop, but it’s their ability to provoke, bludgeon and revitalise their followers that makes them so important.