clipping. are very much what you'd expect from a rap group on Sub Pop. Their production is noisy and abrasive and they know their history. This is especially true of MC Daveed Diggs who is now considerably more well known for his role as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, the musical.
Vinyl Double LP £25.99 SP1330
Black vinyl 2LP on Sub Pop. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with obi strip.
- Includes download code
Limited Vinyl Double LP £23.61 SP1330X
Limited edition, indies only 'Loser Edition' Silver coloured vinyl 2LP on Sub Pop. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with obi strip.
- Coloured vinyl
- Indies only
- Limited edition
- Includes download code
CD £10.49 SPCD1330
Digipak CD on Sub Pop.
Well boys, you certainly timed this one right. Releasing a terrifying album like this one just under a fortnight before Halloween just to get us in the mood the spooky occasion? You’re too kind! A genius move or a bit cheesy? We’ll leave that one for you to decide, but I guess those over the pond love going all out for a kitschy holiday…
clipping. are an experimental hip hop group from California who grave dig elements of industrial and noise music. For their third outing ‘There Existed an Addiction to Blood’, clipping. throw dark ambient, horrorcore and Memphis rap into their unforgiving mix, hollowing out an incredibly dark and cinematic record where each member plays the role of director to their own warped horror film.
Complete with ominous interludes, recurring John Carpenter pianos, an unshakeable gothic atmosphere, and vividly sadistic lyrics, the album plays as if each snippet, sample, guest spot and bar has been mulled over meticulously to sculpt its gripping, theatrical ambience. ‘La Mala Ordina’ sees shuffling hip hop dissolve into full-on harsh noise as if some Blair Witch corrupted footage had been unearthed, frantic raps and anthemic chants define the rally cry of ‘Club Down’, and background screams bubble from under shallow graves in numerous interims. Elsewhere, ‘All In Your Head’ mimics Throbbing Gristle synth swells punctuated with a soaring soul climax, dark ambient soundscapes form fragmented beats with metal-on-metal clatters and rhythmical, grainy distortion, and Daveed Diggs swiftly raps with ferocious might as if he was negotiating himself out of a deadly situation throughout. The album reaches its thrilling finale with ‘Piano Burning’, which is in fact, the sound of a piano burning. You can almost feel the Halloween orange flames singeing your face on this 18-minute long track; a dramatic finale to a dramatic album indeed.
If sticking a Misfits album on or watching a B-movie horror doesn’t quite cut the mustard as far as giving yourself the creeps goes, then give ‘There Existed an Addiction to Blood’ a spin and be prepared to be hooked by its chilling murkiness and post-industrial charms.
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