Clipping - 'CLPPNG'
Experimental hip-hop courtesy of the LA trio
8 / 10
This unpredictable LA hip-hop trio caught Sub Pop's attention with 2013's 'Midcity' album; its successor is a series of sonic bombs awaiting detonation. Pairing Daveed Diggs' vocals with schizophrenic noise from musicians William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, 'CLPPNG' begins with 60 seconds of feedback and a noise explosion by way of introduction to Diggs' hyper-fast rapping over building-site beats. The industrial clanging of 'Body & Blood' samples a drill and depicts a bloodthirsty woman who "has her own set of power tools". The crash of hammer against breezeblock resounds on 'Work Work' – and that's their most accessible song. But Clipping's nightmare is riveting, particularly during its sweat-inducing peak 'Get Up', which uses an alarm clock as a beat underneath breakneck verses. Wake up, America.
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