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Download: Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 2

Following up last year’s fantastic Instrumental Mixtape, hip hop producer Clams Casino has tweeted a link to download a brand new mixtape containing fourteen beats he’s made the past year. On the mixtape is some of his awe-inspiring production for the likes of The WeekndLil B, and A$AP Rocky and his remixes of Washed Out and Lana Del Rey. Download the tape here, or listen to some of the tracks below.

MP3: Clams Casino – I’m God [Lil B]

MP3: Clams Casino – Palace [A$AP Rocky]

LITS Mix #1: Beginnings

LITS Mix is a weekly mix of five free songs curated by our ears with your ears in mind. With so much free music to listen to out there, we intend to showcase our favorite tunes in an easily digestible  manner, guiding you through the riff-raff to find the music. This week, we present the very first edition of our mix, featuring a set of chilled-out songs for you to relax to. Kick back and get lost in the sound.

MP3: LITS Mix #1: Beginnings

(0:00 to 1:58) Aphex Twin – “Avril 14th”
(1:58 to 5:19) Apparatjik – “Antlers”
(5:19 to 10:11) XV – “Pictures On My Wall”
(10:11 to 13:06) Washed Out – “Amor Fati (Clams Casino Remix)”
(13:06 to 16:20) Emerald Ruins – “Stay”

Interview: Emerald Ruins (Producer for Lil B)

From the very start of his solo career, The Pack‘s Lil B has shown impeccable taste in his beats, exposing us to the ethereal soundscapes of Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid. The Based God’s latest beatsmith of choice is the 15 year old Emerald Ruins who hails from the golden coast of California and has a certain knack for creating dreamy beats. “NYU”, the opening track to The Basedprint 2 and a track that Lil B absolutely bodies, comes from the hands of the young producer.

MP3: Lil B – “NYU (Prod. Emerald Ruins)”

Below, you can see my interview with Emerald Ruins. There’s no denying his talent (listen to “Find Out” and “Stay” below) and considering how young he is, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll have a long and productive career ahead of him.

You’re 15, correct? When did you start producing and how did you learn?

Yes, I’m 15 years old — think I started producing at around age 13. I don’t really remember what inspired me at the time to want to start making music but it must’ve been something dope, I was a big Ja Rule fan at the time, as was everyone else, so no doubt some heavy influence comes from them. I downloaded the FL Studio demo and shit was a headache, and since I was using the family computer which was in the living room, I couldn’t really be on it too much to play around on it cause someone always needed to use it. So it wasn’t until like 14 that I knew about mixing and mastering and effects and all that producing bullshit that keeps a song from sounding good to sounding amazing. Now, I’ve learned my way around the program and making music is funner because of it.

Where do you find your samples?

I find my samples everywhere man. YouTube, vinyls, forums, cassettes, CD’s, 8-tracks, commercials, toys, outside, anywhere — I hear a dog barking and look up dogs barking on YouTube and add that in my music, I play a video game and hear some spacey ambient shit and look up the soundtrack and sample that. Samples are everywhere mayne.

Is it hard balancing your music with school or are you able to keep both of those worlds fairly separate?

It’s not really hard balancing the two: if you took music away from me I’d probably still be getting the same grades I get, which are mostly C’s.

What’s it like working with Lil B, perhaps one of the most prolific artists currently out?

Working with the Based God man, it’s pretty dope cause now I have that under my “belt,” nahmean? Like if I want to work with someone I can say, “I’ve worked with Lil B,” and that’ll like, increase the chance of them wanting to work with me. Pretty cool.

Are you two working on anything else in the future?

Lil B has told me to keep sending him beats. He gave me his other contact info so he still wants to work with me, which is cool. So yeah, we’re working on some stuff.

Do you think you’ll be able to take a similar route as Clams Casino did after working with Lil B?

I sure hope so, Clams Casino is probably my favorite “new” producer at the moment, hearing rappers over his dreamy-spacey ass shit is like, fresh, you know? Like it’s something different and I really like that, I hope to take the same route Clams did and end up working with some really buzzing up-and-coming artists. Only time will tell I guess.

You’re young — from your perspective, what’s right and what’s wrong in the music industry today?

The music industry, well to be honest, me being as young as I am, I don’t really see much wrong with it other than Pitbull, that cat needs to chill it ain’t funny anymore DALEEEEEEEEE MR 305 WORLDWIDE enough of that shit. Oh and there really isn’t much variety in mainstream radio music, it’s mostly all generic house, but I dig most of it. Overall I think the music industry is fine, I read and hear from many industry artists that the industry is evil and fake and all that but until I experience that myself, it looks like an okay thing to me.

Where do you hope to be in about a year’s time? Are you hoping to turn this into a career someday?

In a year, I hope to have a pretty good following, artists everywhere wanting to work with me, and just you know, being bigger than I am now. That was my goal last year, and now I’m doing interviews like this, working with Lil B, getting my music posted on the Weeknd’s tumblr (which doesn’t exist anymore, sadly), more rappers asking for beats than last year, and basically am bigger than I was last year… so I’ve accomplished last years goal, now to double that this year, we’ll see how it goes, haha.

Anything you want to add?

Not much, thanks for the interview, and to artists: send me a message or tweet or anything if you make good music and want to work with me! Would like to thank everyone who been supporting me and listening to my music, who been sharing my music, giving feedback whether it be positive or negative all feedback is appreciated, thanks to my fam they dope and supportive, everyone who’s been apart of my music all of that, thank you and keep looking out for me and my music! Thanks.

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Listen: Lana Del Rey – “Born to Die (Clams Casino Remix)”

Hot off her recent SNL performance (which, Mr. Brian Williams calls “one of the worst outings in SNL history”), New York singer songwriter Lana Del Rey has released a remix to her song “Born to Die” by up and coming producer Clams Casino, who has built a name for himself by working with other rising hip hop artists like A$AP Rocky and the always based Lil B. The remix will be part of a remix EP that will also features work from Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn.

Lana Del Rey’s debut album, which is also titled Born to Die, is set to be released January 30th in the UK and January 31st in the US.

Listen: A$AP Rocky – “Celebration”

Everything seems to be going perfectly for A$AP Rocky, who in recent months has signed a huge record deal and released his first debut record, LiveLoveA$AP. He has just released “Celebration”, which is a solo version of his collaboration with Chicago MC Jon James. This song is a lot different from Rocky’s chill, dreamy Clams Casinoproduced tracks and features the A$AP rhymer rapping over upbeat synths celebrating his recent success. Apparently this track might be a single for one of his upcoming projects. Listen to the song below. You can also download it here. Also, look out for the A$AP Mob album that’s planned to be released in February.

Mixtape: Clams Casino – Instrumentals (Mastered)

I’m a few days late on this one, but here’s a Christmas gift from standout producer Clams Casino. In 2011, Clams went from being Lil B‘s best producer to becoming one of the most talented producers in the game today, period. To thank all of his fans for getting to him to where he is today, Clams released a completely remastered, high-quality (320kbps) version of his mixtape, Instrumentals, one of my personal favorite releases this year. If you haven’t heard it already, or even if you own the old version, make sure to download the mixtape below.

DOWNLOAD: Clams Casino – Instrumentals (Mastered)

Clams Casino and the “Just For Now” Sample

It’s rarely the case that a hip-hop producer can single-handedly carry an emcee through a track. But such is the case with New Jersey’s Mike Volpe, better known by his stage name Clams Casino, who first turned heads after his collaborations with Soulja Boy and Lil B began making rounds on the Internet. With a keen sense for smooth vocal samples, Clams Casino creates dreamy, ethereal soundscapes that swallow you up and carry you away before the first crash or hi-hat even drops. And the best part of it all? His music works with or without an emcee over top.

That’s something you can’t find with new-age (pardon the pretentiousness) producers. Sure, T-Minus creates synth-laden beats with a similar loftiness, but the soundscape doesn’t even come close. Face it – a track like “She Will” needs Drake and Lil Wayne to fully function.

What may be more impressive is how all of his fantastic beats come together. “I’m God”, perhaps the defining song so far in both Clams Casino’s and Lil B’s careers, takes it roots in Imogen Heap‘s breathtaking “Just For Now”, a song that sounds nothing like “I’m God”.

MP3: Imogen Heap – “Just For Now”

MP3: Lil B – “I’m God” (Prod. by Clams Casino)

That same song, “Just For Now”, was even been sampled by Clams Casino more than once. ASAP Rocky‘s “Bass”, believe it or not, comes from the very same sample. Originally intended for Lil B, Clams Casino actually reworked the beat after the Based God decided that one part of the song was a bit too fast for him, ultimately resulting in yet another song from the same sample entitled “I’m The Devil”. That part was thus taken out, slowed down, and given to Rocky.

MP3: ASAP Rocky – “Bass” (Prod. by Clams Casino)

MP3: Lil B – “I’m The Devil” (Prod. by Clams Casino)

Simply put on your headphones and slip away into the music…

Listen: Washed Out – “Amor Fati (Clams Casino Remix)”

New Jersey based (no pun intended) producer Clams Casino was recently tapped by chillwaver Washed Out to remix their newly released single “Amor Fati”, which was just put out yesterday by Weird World. Those that order the 12″ single package are treated with three exclusive tracks, including this remix. In his reworking of the euphorically upbeat track from Washed Out’s 2011 release Within and Without, Clams gives it a more laid-back vibe, fine-tuning the summery track to fit the cooling weather. Personally, I’m a big fan of the original track, but without a doubt, Clams does the song justice. That should come as no surprise though, as the producer’s resume includes standout beat work for the likes of Lil BMac Miller, and most recently on A$AP Rocky‘s new mixtape. Check it out below, courtesy of Time Out London.

MP3: Washed Out – “Amor Fati (Clams Casino Remix)”

Mixtape: ASAP Rocky – LiveLoveA$AP

Following his recent $3 million signing with Polo Grounds/RCA, Harlemite ASAP Rocky is blowing up all over the blogosphere. As promised, Rocky released his highly-anticipated debut mixtape LiveLoveA$AP. Guest spots from ScHoolboy Q, Spaceghostpurrp, Main Attrakionz, and other members of the ASAP crew, as well as a number of fantastic beats produced by Clams Casino. Ride the trillwave!

MP3: ASAP Rocky – “Bass (prod. Clams Casino)”


Tracklisting is available after the break.

LiveLoveA$AP Tracklisting:
01. Palace (prod. Clams Casino)
02. Peso (prod. ASAP Ty Beats)
03. Bass (prod. Clams Casino)
04. Wassup (prod. Clams Casino)
05. Brand New Guy (feat. ScHoolboy Q) (prod. Lyle)
06. Purple Swag: Chapter 2 (feat. Spaceghostpurrp & ASAP Nast) (prod. ASAP Ty Beats)
07. Get Lit (feat. Fat Tony) (prod. Soufein3000)
08. Trilla (feat. ASAP Twelvy & ASAP Nast) (prod. Beautiful Lou)
09. Keep It G (ft. Chace Infinite & Spaceghost Purrp) (prod. Spaceghost Purrp)
10. Kissin’ Pink (ft. ASAP Ferg) (prod. Beautiful Lou)
11. Houston Old Head (prod. DJ Burn One)
12. Acid Drip (prod. Soufein3000)
13. Leaf (feat. Main Attrakionz) (prod. Clams Casino)
14. Roll One Up (prod. DJ Burn One)
15. Demons (prod. Clams Casino)
16. Out Of This World (prod. The Olympicks) (Bonus)