On June 4th of this month, Clams Casino released his Free Instrumental Mixtape Vol. 2 on facebook which reminded me of last years stellar, “Rainforest EP.”
Clams Casino released his debut EP “Rainforest” in 2011 and it’s still one of my favorite beat EP’s. Clams Casino first received attention from his collaborations and productions for the likes of Soulja Boy and Lil’ B. But with the release of his instrumental mixtape followed by his EP “Rainforest”, Clams Casino is at the forefront of my musical playlist.
“Rainforest” is one of the thickest, smokiest marsh sounding beat EP’s I have heard in years. It is something off on its own. The way he cuts and makes the entire EP bounce like an organic robot is breathtakingly beautiful. It is one of the most thoughtful releases from 2011. So much so that I decided to write a review on it, to praise Clams Casino for what he has done and continues to do.
Rainforest is a mesmerizing display of originality and fluid, solid chops with undeniable head nodding properties. The thing that surprises me the most about “Rainforest” is its melodic nature. Every song is a meditative trance that is easy to get lost inside of. Every rythmn, every base line is layered with incredibly dusty, almost ephemeral samples that makes for a mesmerizing release.
It’s remarkably scenic. “Natural” reminds me of a thick layer of ocean foam whipping over the past, present and future. A very free opening track that really cascades in a continual spiral of joy and marvel. “Treetop” is much more eerie in comparison to “Natural” but still maintains that heavy, trance induced head nod and feeling that everything is exactly where it belongs. “Treetop” is a marshy, fog infused setting during the early hours of the night in a rainforest. What’s most remarkable is that, yes, in such a setting, hip-hop is easily found. With every step closer into “Rainforest” is a darker, murkier sort of perspective that maintains trance-like awareness. Highlight for me is “Drowning” and “Natural”. Check it out if you still haven’t!