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Pitchfork: Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape


You already know Clams’ mixtape is brilliant and beautiful if you’re reading this blog but I did my best to try to put the awesomeness of this really ineffable release into words. I wanted to expand Clams’ work out of its “based” context because frankly, he’s doing so much more (compare this to say, Keyboard Kid’s interesting but only interesting mixtape to really get a sense of how grand this thing is) but I also didn’t want to align it too closely with anything else because it’s clear that Clammy Clams doesn’t know or care about hypnagogic pop or any of that stuff, though his aesthetic’s disturbingly close. Just look at cover comparison Joseph Ohegyi posted. Oh yeah, and while you’re at it, check out Sean Fennessey’s spot-on review of Wiz’s Rolling Papers.

“Based.” Lil B’s buzzword doesn’t really have a clear definition, but it has, nevertheless, spawned a distinctive aesthetic. A search through music given the “based” tag on BandCamp reveals a whole bunch of rambling rappers aping B’s free-associative flow and just as many oddball producers putting out home-recorded, sorta stoned-sounding beats that maybe– just maybe– Lil B will one day rap over. “Based” has evolved from a style of rapping (and a wonky world philosophy) to a know-it-when-you-hear-it sound. New Jersey producer Clams Casino is one of the sonic architects behind “based music.” His beat for Lil B’s “I’m God”, featuring a stretched-out sample of Imogen Heap’s “Just For Now”, is the “based music” blueprint.

“I’m God” isn’t included on Instrumental Mixtape; the beats here are even more diffuse, and it wouldn’t really fit. It speaks to Clams’ rarefied vision that he refuses to find room for an in-demand instrumental on a free download but includes an untitled final track, a bizarre, minute-long footwork-like manipulation of “Teddy’s Jam” from 1980s new jack swing group Guy. This collection of instrumentals doesn’t simply survey Clams’ production; it turns his rap beats into moody compositions and flips the basic beat-tape concept into an album-like collection of electronic music…

Written by Brandon

April 8th, 2011 at 5:29 am

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  1. Clams Casino top 5 most based people alive, with Lil B, , Keyboard Kid, and some kid who lives in the Seattle suburbs next to Microsoft.

    SRSLY tho, I am loving this wave of noir&B, shoegaze laptop/sampler/synth hiphop instrumental singer-songwriter whatever. We are living in an exciting time for it. Clams Casino is feeling it, I listen to these songs all the time these days.


    10 Apr 11 at 5:11 am

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