If FACT was GQ (we wish), and did a Man of the Year award, Clams Casino would be pretty near the top of 2011′s contenders.
The New Jersey producer was already making a name for himself on the strength of his rap beats for Lil B, Soulja Boy, Main Attrakionz and more, when at the start of this year he released a remarkable free instrumental mixtape. Turns out without vocals, Clams’ instrumentals – often lo-fi, cold, and haunted by female vocals stretched to breaking point – only shone that much brighter.
This week, Clams releases a new solo EP, Rainforest. Appropriately, it sees him move even further away from the straighter structures associated with most rap productions, and start to really hone a new sound; a clipped kind of Amazonian industrial. But, as page two’s interview with Clams will show, it’s all just beats to him.
While reading said interview, you can download his mix for FACT. It took a while to happen due to Clams’ computer dying, but it’s here now and we’re very excited to host it. No tracklist, but Gucci Mane, DMX and more feature.