Clams Casino is currently my favorite beat/instrumental producer.  The guy makes dark downtempo ethereal beats in an incredibly unique way to anything else I’ve heard.  His sampling techniques are completely original, often slowing and pitching down small vocal parts, and playing them like instruments.  He somehow knows just where to place every drop.  He has a better ear for harmony and melody than most, which is especially rare in hip hop producers.  He’s been making beats for the likes of A$AP Rocky and Lil B, but for me it’s the beats and not the MCing that I love about this songs.  His first mixtape made my Favorite Albums of 2011 list, and his new mixtape which he just released is sure to be on my end of year list this year.  Best part is, you can download it for free.  Go do it now.

MP3: Clams Casino – Wassup [A$AP Rocky] [audio:http://www.giantpanther.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/02-Wassup-AAP-Rocky.mp3|titles=Clams Casino - Wassup [A$AP Rocky]]

MP3: Clams Casino – Swervin’ (remix) [XV] [audio:http://www.giantpanther.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/11-Swervin-remix-XV.mp3|titles=Clams Casino - Swervin' (remix) [XV]]

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