Featured photo by Philip Cosores
Earlier this week, Danny Brown detailed his forthcoming new album, Atrocity Exhibition. Due out September 30th via Warp, the sample-heavy Old follow-up is said to take inspiration from Björk, System of a Down, and joy Division — unusual choices for a rap record. Today, we’ve been given a look at how Brown has filtered all those sounds into his own alternative hip-hop.
“Pneumonia” is a menacing, aggressive track that feels oddly like a throwback to hard rap from the ’90s. Producer Evian Christ provides a relatively minimalist and somewhat syncopated beat that feels like it’s scoring the scene right before a police officer makes a terrible discovery. “Made 30 bands in 30 minutes/ Before I count it I done damn near spent it,” Brown brags on the hook. “Stood a brick on ya and some Rick Owens/ Still sick, nigga, call it pneumonia, I’m on ya.” Listen above.
The 15-track Atrocity Exhibition features previous single “When It Rain” alongside contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul, Kelela, and others. Brown previously announced a larger North American tour in support of the LP, and you can find those dates here.