The self-titled debut album by Planet B is out today on Ipecac Recordings and Three One G.
Planet B is the collaboration of Justin Pearson (member of The Locust, Retox, and Dead Cross, and founder of Three One G Records) and producer Luke Henshaw. Pearson's electrifying vocals meet Henshaw's sonic feast of hip-hop, industrial, and film score influences. The sound transcends genres: dark, heavy, urgent, and anthemic, it is equally relevant in the contexts of hardcore punk and hip-hop.
Guests on the album include hip-hop pioneer Kool Keith, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Martin Atkins (ex-PiL, Killing Joke, Ministry, Pigface), Gabe Serbian (The Locust), Sonny Kay (The VSS, Angel Hair), and more.
"Not many groups could fit abstract rap vet Kool Keith, industrial vet Martin Atkins (Ministry, Killing Joke, Public Image Limited, Pigface, Nine Inch Nails, etc), and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner on the same album (besides maybe Planet B’s Ipecac labelmates Dalek), but Planet B do it and they make it sound incredibly natural. The album is sort of like a more psychedelic, more punk version of rap rock, and it sounds a hell of a lot better than most music that gets called that..."
"Justin Pearson has made his name with spazzy, noisy weirdo-rock outfits like The Locust, Retox and Dead Cross, but his project Planet B – a collaboration with hip-hop producer Luke Henshaw – might be his most left-field yet. The duo smashes together strains of hardcore, hip-hop, industrial and old-school horror movie scores... It's head-spinning and head-splitting in the best way possible."
"No less punishing than anything the Locust ever put out, only this time it's the sound of a hardcore-infused drug rave... Planet B better get used to being compared to Death Grips, as well as fellow freaks Ho99o9... Luke Henshaw deserves special credit for making Planet B work. Few hip-hop producers could have harnessed [frontman Justin] Pearson's bizarre tendencies, but he's managed it and did so without losing sight of the chaos."
"An album that connects the dots between hardcore, hip hop, industrial, and horror movie soundtracks... Pearson and Henshaw have created something truly unique and special with Planet B. This is musical genre-splicing of the highest order and is easily one of the most exciting and fresh sounding albums released this year."
"Determined to provoke and agitate with a fiery mix of punk, hip-hop, industrial, and everything in between..."