Clams Casino "Gorilla"
In less than a year, the totally on-fire Tri Angle label has quickly made a name for itself as a respectable source for dark electronic music influenced by hip-hop and R&B, but now the hub seems to be inching just a bit closer to releasing more or less straightforward hip-hop. The recent addition of burgeoning beatsmith Clams Casino—who's already produced for the likes of Lil B and Soulja Boy and dropped a much-lauded instrumental mixtape—to its slowly expanding roster is testament to that claim, and this distorted slow-burner of a tune further solidifies it. "Gorilla" is taken from Clams Casino's Rainforest EP (pictured above), and exhibits the artist's penchant for crafting thick washes of grimy fuzz, pitched-up/down vocal samples, syrupy basslines, and slow-slapping beats—then shrouding the whole thing in more shadowy atmospheres and gritty textures. We wouldn't mind hearing a flow over this tune, but seeing as how Clams Casino says that "these songs have always existed purely as instrumentals," we're more than happy to take the Rainforest EP's five tracks unencumbered by another artist's ideas when it drops on June 27. (via Pitchfork)