Rather than beats, clipping. use harsh noise and musique concrète to construct their tracks. This is not an exercise in anti-music. It just is rap. A return to a philosophy popularized by Bomb Squad’s production for Public Enemy: to make music that sounds as threatening as the the environments we live in. With tracks crafted by experienced minimalist noise artist William Hutson (Rale) and film soundtrack composer Jonathan Snipes (ex-Captain Ahab), they are not only capturing this level of threat and agitation, but also the cinematic barrenness of sprawling cement, fields of litter, and endless trees with every branch chopped off and painted black. Front man Daveed Diggs is not just quick with his words, but incredibly precise. He brings out the rhythm of the seemingly rhythmless. He punctuates melodies made out of negative space. Yes, they know about noise. But this is hip hop.
The harsh noise / rap trio clipping. has dropped the 2nd video from their debut album ‘midcity’. Directed by Cristina Bercovitz, “Bullshit” combines over-exposure, vhs distortions, and layers of video projections to highlight clipping.’s own high contrast sound.
clipping. has just returned from a tour with the all drum group Foot Village. A tour of Europe from Oct 17th till Nov 2nd has just been announced, booking by Solfo Bookings: https://www.facebook.com/SolfoBookings
For more information: http://kinsmanandmeng.com/clipping/