Looking for obscure classical, musique concrète, hip hop, noise, and film score recommendations? Luckily experimental hip hop trio clipping. stopped by Amoeba Hollywood and scoured the store for some pretty esoteric finds, including Dakota Hogback's Vicarious Sadism and Jean Schwarz's Erda / Suite N.
"The unusually experimental section of Amoeba Berkeley is the source of most of my music taste growing up," says William Hutson, adding, "underneath the experimental section, there's an experimental clearance section, which often has fantastic little gems or a weird CD-R." Hutson, along with fellow collaborators Jonathan Snipes and Daveed Diggs, had plenty of records to show us, most of which were off the beaten path.
The Los Angeles-based group consists of producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes plus rapper Daveed Diggs. In 2009, Hutson and Snipes began collaborating on power electronics and noise remixes of mainstream rap artists for fun. The trio became a serious project when Diggs joined a year later, writing his own verses for the tracks. They self-released a debut album, Midcity, in 2013. Although somewhat under the radar, the album attracted attention from Sub Pop, who signed the trio for their second album, CLPPNG.
In 2015, Diggs performed as both Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in the smash hit musical Hamilton before leaving the cast in summer 2016. That fall clipping. released their most recent album, Splendor & Misery. Currently, the group is touring with Baseck through February 2017 before hooking up with The Flaming Lips for a spring US jaunt.
"This is one of my favorite mind-changing albums," says Jonathan Snipes of Michael Gordon's Trance, which he refers to as "the music Philip Glass would be making if he were young and hip again." On the less experimental and classical side, Daveed Diggs picked up Dee Dee Bridgewater's latest album, Dee Dee's Feathers, a collection of New Orleans jazz standards which he calls "really fun, but really technical." Snipes also found an LP of his favorite Ennio Morricone score, Il Sorriso Del Grande Tentatore. With all the vinyl soundtrack reissues coming out these days he says, "It's a pretty exciting time to be collecting film music."
But which album does Daveed Diggs reveal as one of the reasons he makes rap music? You'll have to watch the video to find out:
clipping. - What's In My Bag?
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