no artist has unexpectedly gripped us this year quite like clams casino. his beat tapes blew up in our faces earlier this year, instantly reminding us the power of the hip hop ‘instrumental’. with his rainforest ep for tri angle, his palette is completely refined: the tracks sound unified, all parts of a living and breathing beast in nature. this is no longer hip hop, or any distinguishable genre: just really good shit.
to us, this is best exemplified on “drowning,” wringing more feeling out of a disembodied vocal than thought possible. a deeply disturbing (but beautiful) track that seems to stop time. one of our favorites of the year so far, from a totally devastating ep.
the rainforest ep drops 6/27 on tri angle