In their down time from story-boarding episodes of Rick and Morty and Mr. Pickles for Adult Swim, the team at Williams Street Productions has been an odd source of quality underground music compilations and albums. Not only does their catalog feature works from the likes of Captain Murphy (a.k.a Flying Lotus) and Destruction Unit alongside annual, multi-genre compilations, nearly all of these albums are entirely free to stream and download. If you're searching for a negative here, there isn't one, a point the company proved yet again last month with their most avant-garde offering to date. The appropriately blunt title for NOISE should point to the abrasiveness of this collection of tracks; an eclectic range of compositions from an equally broad roster of artists, all of whom approach "noise" as a malleable concept meant to be stretched to its limit.
Summer's over, friends. Long days are disappearing, leaves are turning, and with it, the second big push for major releases this year is upon us. September into October tends to be a huge time release-wise, as it's past the lead-up and meat of summer when people's attentions are more scattered (or simply more interested in finding the best "summer jams"), and it's still early enough that it gives listeners ample time to absorb and obsess over the music before everyone goes into end-of-year list mode. This September has certainly not been a disappointment in that regard. In particular, this past Friday, the 30th, was simply so jam-packed with incredible new releases across the musical spectrum that we specifically delayed compiling and publishing this post until after the weekend to allow our editors to wade through it all and revise our picks for the month. The albums highlighted here truly display the best of the best, both for the month and the year at large. Expect many of these albums to wind up either in our personal end-of-year lists or our aggregated staff list. 2016, you guys. What a time to be alive.
Experimental rap group clipping. always seem to be pushing the envelope when they release an album. With their debut midcity they used abrasive white noise to back gritty raps, pulling bangers from the static. With their sophomore album CLPPNG they added a diverse palette of sounds and samples (At one point they use an alarm clock beeping for a beat) while still staying gritty/heavy hitting and took what made them great to new levels with catchy tracks, technically impressive rapping and engrossing stories. Now on their third full-length Splendor & Misery, they're taking aim at a sci-fi concept record which depicts the struggles of a slave who is the lone survivor of an uprising on a slave transport ship in the cold, unforgiving reaches of space. If anyone is capable of properly executing something like this, it's clipping..