DIY digital editor Will Richards on Brockhampton’s Saturation III
Across last year, Los Angeles-via-Texas rap collective/self-confessed boy band Brockhampton released three LPs, suitably titled Saturation I, II and III.
Led by the supremely talented Kevin Abstract and backed by rappers, producers, DJs and visual artists, Brockhampton have independence and self-sufficiency at their heart.
Saturation III, released just a few
weeks before Christmas, sees everything come together perfectly.
The group’s ambition has never been in doubt, but when they call themselves the “best boy band since One Direction” less than 30 seconds into supremely catchy album opener Boogie, you’d be foolish to disagree.
There’s a fascinating range of voices, topics and ideas across Saturation III, from languid, Mac DeMarco-style slowies to crazed, infectious verses, and some potentially chart-topping pop hooks.
With tickets selling rapidly in the US, Brockhampton are already the subject of Viceland show American Boyband, while new record Team Effort is expected this year - despite the band tweeting that Saturation
III would be their “last studio album”.
The furore is reminiscent of Odd Future’s early days.
There are few bands in the world with more momentum behind them at the moment than this one, and there’s no telling where they’re going next…
digital editor, DIY