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Splendour & Misery

Sub Pop/Deathbomb Arc

Sep 06, 2016 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Any conversation about experimental hip-hop that doesn’t involve clipping. in its discourse is a waste of your time. Fusing the kind of power electronics that seem more native to DIY basement shows in New York than on a hip-hop record on Sub Pop, with Daveed Diggs’ blistering rhythms, the LA collective embrace an experimentation that major indie labels are often void of, and a sparseness that most experimental hip-hop records are often void of.

On Splendour & Misery, the creative scope of clipping. yet again expands, dreaming up a dystopian narrative in which a computer falls in love with a sole survivor of a slave uprising. The pitch-shifting repetition of “Baby don’t sleep” in the penultimate cut of the same name neatly summarises Splendour & Misery: Utterly uncomfortable, but with such an imaginative foundation that you can’t help but feel invited back to try to learn a little more about the strange and beautiful world of clipping. (

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