clipping.: Wriggle EP (Sub Pop, 2016)

June 29, 2016 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

clipping.: Wriggle EP

clipping.: Wriggle EP

Since noise-rap trio clipping. surprisingly released a well-received album on Sub Pop, Daveed Diggs went on to fame as part of the musical Hamilton and Jonathan Snipes (formerly of the brilliant Captain Ahab) scored several horror films. This EP actually consists of tracks that weren’t finished in time for their last album, as they prepare to write and record new material. “Shooter” includes beats entirely created from over a dozen guns which the group fired and recorded themselves, and the lyrics subvert the tired “hashtag rap” formula of mainstream rap. “Back Up” features explosive beats and noise bursts along with guest verses from Antwon and Signor Benedick the Moor. “Wriggle” is built around a sample of power electronics pioneers Whitehouse (“Wriggle like a fucking eel!”) married to a hyperactive juke beat and acid techno squiggles, and it’s easily the EP’s most exciting track. “Hot Fuck No Love” is absolutely filthy and it matches the fast, turbulent rhymes with jungle breakbeats. “Our Time” is at once the noisiest track and the most lovestruck R&B song on the EP. Somehow the group manage to make these types of combinations work. Whatever they come up with next, it will probably be twice as deadly.

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