-- By doubleay
Clams Casino is one of few producers capable of constructing an otherworldly atmospheric scape in his music. Clams takes you somewhere when listening; he engulfs you in sound indicting a mood and ambiance totally his own. Clams' music is beyond commendable production values. It's depth and spatial atmosphere is meticulously sculpted from the ground up. His music develops layer by layer, structured from a starting point, the skeleton becomes a body as mass is created from Clams’ brilliant sampling and epically booming drums. His signature sound is ever-present in his releases but has never been delivered in a cohesive body as breathtakingly grand as 32 Levels.
32 Levels is Clams Casino’s album debut. He's defined nearly an entire sub-genre influenced by the production behind iconic cuts like A$AP Rocky’s “Palace” and and Lil B’s “I am God.” His past releases have included the 2011 Rainforest EP and a series of mixtape installments simply titled Instrumentals, featuring beats used by artists like Lil B, Soulja Boy, Main Attrakionz, Antwon, A$AP Rocky, and more. His name is more so known from the individual hits “Palace,” which introduces and sets the mood for A$AP Rocky’s first project Live Love A$AP’s entirety. As well as “I am God,” which played a part in shaping and evolving Lil B’s ‘The Based God’ entity. Beyond that he's also produced for major acts like The Weeknd, Foster the People, Mikky Ekko, ScHoolboy Q, Pepperboy, and more. Through massive, select productions Clams has made a major name for himself over the past five years, all without an album. The debut of 32 Levels exudes Clam’s ethereal and atmospheric sound and advances it in a cohesive culmination that goes beyond any of his early compilations.
-- By doubleay
-- By doubleay
Green Ova South is the one of freshest Hip-hop groups to kick down the door into the rap game in 2016. The release of their debut album, Kome Ride with Us, is incomparable to any project currently circulating in Hip-hop music. Their roster consists of Oakland’s Squadda B (Charles Glover) who many know as 1/2 of the duo Main Attrakionz, the seasoned Arkansas spitter Pepperboy (Jerry Davie), and the Blue Sky Black Death producer Ian Taggart (FKA Young God, Rev. Left).
The group’s unusual formation is something like a fantasy team. To clarify the significance of Green Ova’s grouping, each member’s independent works are impressive to say the least. Main Attrakionz' numerous projects helped pave the path leading the development of the cloud rap sub-genre and was featured by request on A$AP Rocky’s first, Live Love A$AP mixtape. Little Rock, Arkansas’ Pepperboy, who was recently awarded 2016’s Best Out-Of-Town Artist to Make the East Bay his Adopted Home by the East Bay Express, has been featured on SPIN Magazine, The Fader, Mishka NYC, Def Jam France, and more due to his substantial discography stacked with releases that every underground Hip-hop connoisseur should have heard by now. The final element in the trifecta, producer Ian Taggart’s duo Blue Sky Black Death, has made progressive strides in contemporary Hip-hop production. Taggart’s production style constructs the atmospheric sound that allows Squadda B and Pepperboy to float through Green Ova South’s Kome Ride with Us (KRWU).
San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences continues to reinvent Thursday nights as their NightLife summer music series returns. Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy transforms itself into an oasis of music and art one night a month for NightLife LIVE 2016.
On Thursday, August 4th, join us at Nightlife for an Outside Lands Pre-Party with live performances by UK songstress Låpsley and local SF producer Brogan Bentley.
In between sets enjoy this month’s featured art gallery, ArtSpan, plus LED artists Nick Leidecker, Romy Randev and his two large scale glass panels back-lit with color-changing LEDs, and Marina Berlin's two large scale wire sculptures. You can also shop local vendor booths at the Academy that night. Browse used vinyl at the Amoeba Music pop-up shop! We'll be bringing loads of quality used vinyl so prepare to go crate digging.
We still have plenty of summer left this year, which is good news for sun worshipers, stone fruit enthusiasts, and voracious readers. Thanks to summer, we can participate in our favorite solitary hobby of being completely absorbed by a good book in the great outdoors -- and we can do so longer and later thanks to daylight savings time! So many great books have come out this summer or are on their way to bookshelves near you. Here's our guide to some of the highlights we've enjoyed and are looking forward to.
Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big by Jensen Karp (out now)
This is the hilarious and true story of Jensen Karp's wild ride as "Hot Karl," the most famous white rapper you've never heard of, who got his start performing at his friend's bar mitzvah and eventually signed to Interscope Records.
Never a Dull Moment: 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded by David Hepworth (out now)
Examines the music scene starting with the day after The Beatles broke up and the world was reshaped by David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni Mitchell.
In Love With These Times by Roger Shepherd (out now)
Flying Nun Records founder Roger Shepherd's memoirs reach back to the early days of the New Zealand label, dreamt up in the back rooms of a Christchurch record shop in the early '80s.
The Smiths by Nalinee Darmrong (out now)
This huge collection of photos by Nalinee Darmrong chronicles The Smiths during their peak years, 1985–1986, when Darmrong traveled with the band for the Meat Is Murder and The Queen Is Dead tours. See many previously unpublished photos of the band backstage and onstage, set lists, handcrafted promo materials, letters, clothing, and much more.
-- By doubleay
Future is a definitive Hip-hop titan who has garnered sky-high numbers in all aspects of his business and has established a platform that ascends from trap music to the mainstream in a way few artists could ever hope to achieve. The past two years of his career have been a wildfire run to say the least and he is currently sitting comfortably at the highest pinnacle he's ever known. As for touring he opened up for Drake’s Jungle tour, then his own international Purple Reign tour, and is now about to embark on another tour with Drake for his huge Summer Sixteen tour. In addition to the rigorous touring, Future has managed to release three studio albums, four solo mixtapes, a collaboration project with Drake, and host DJ Esco’s recent Esco Terrestrial mixtape. At this point Future’s discography has become rather hearty and reliable collaborators say there is tons more unreleased material in the vault. Among his three albums released in the past two years, the most recent, Evol, was just released on vinyl.
Prior to the vinyl pressing, it was originally released digitally back in February of 2016. Evol is 11 cuts highlighting Future’s iconic dark and twisted stylings. Always known for his somber grittiness, Future keeps Evol thematically depressive and street-oriented, but features a more cohesively melodic approach to the album. Future’s vocal capabilities are historically stand-out, but in the past his singing and rapping have seemed less calculated. On Evol his approach is more formulaic, providing more fluidity as he goes from spitting to singing in his tracks. This vocal presence creates a moody introspective body of music that provides so much more physical depth to the project compared to that of an average Hip-hop album.