Clams Casino was actually the subject of the very first BITR8 post and now he returns to the blog in the last post before I go travelling and call a hiatus on the operation of this page for 6 months. Clams Casino is Mike Volpe, a New Jersey-based beatmaker who shot to prominence last year after supplying a steady stream of instrumentals to hip-hop artists such as Lil B, A$AP Rocky and Mac Miller as well as taking the step of releasing a tape of said instrumentals to wide acclaim.
Volpe’s production was considered to map the sonic blueprint for the “based music” that was helping Lil B hit massive heights and as ‘The Based God’s notoriety grew so did that of his frequent collaborator. He combined hip-hop drums, left-field melodies and a many layers of sample manipulations to create moody, dense atmosphere’s in such an original and organic way that his beat-tape became an album and his productions became songs.
Clams has been quiet for the last few months but he’s back with a track that is buried in the depths of GTA V on Flying Lotus’ radio station. The track is called ‘Crystals’ and it is obvious 5 seconds in that this track finds the producer exploring new, more unfamiliar avenues. From the initial wale the record is plunged headfirst in to an electrified world of darkness in a way that sounds not too dissimilar to AraabMuzik’s most abrasive records. Drums are kept to a minimum here, off-beat kick-clap patterns provided the main orchestral backing to the track because the weight is added from the sheer amount of layered voices that merge together to produce a rusty, undefinable atmosphere. These features combined with a constant arpeggiated staccato riff and a thick bass line create one of the most awe-inspiring records of the Clams Casino discography.
Go grab the free download here and see you guys in 6 months.