TV choirmaster Gareth Malone has arranged for his new choir, Voices, to cover Death Grips‘ track ‘Guillotine’.
The new, unlikely version of the song – which comes from Death Grips’ 2011 mixtape ‘Exmilitary’ – features on the forthcoming ‘Voices’ album, which also sees the choir of 18-25 year olds covering songs originally by Fleet Foxes and Alicia Keys. Scroll down to listen to the choral version of ‘Guillotine’. The album was produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes). Malone, who was behind the Number One Military Wives choir and TV show The Choir, told The Independent: “David suggested Death Grips’ track ‘Guillotine’ and we wondered if we could pull it off. The result is, I think, a choir sounding very different from how you’d expect and yet it’s still distinctly a British Choral sound.”
Of the cover, Malone – pictured below with the Military Wives choir – also said: “Death Grips appealed because they are inherently experimental. Consequently David felt they’d be unlikely to object to a choir covering their song because they’d appreciate the creativity and the spirit of trying to do something bold: he was right.”
Death Grips appeared on stage for the first time since their infamous no-show at Lollapalooza over the weekend. The hip-hop group made their live return on Saturday (August 24) – three weeks after fans trashed the band’s equipment when they failed to appear on stage in Chicago. While Death Grips subsequently cancelled several other US gigs, it has since been claimed their no-show was actually a stunt.
Death Grips have also recently unveiled a new song called ‘Birds’, available as a free download on their Facebook page. Last year, they became embroiled in a public spat with their former label Epic Records after they self-leaked their album ‘No Love, Deep Web’ online before its official release. The group were eventually dropped in November 2012. In July they announced that they have set up their own record label, Thirdworlds, and confirmed that they will release the album’s follow-up in 2014.