clipping. have broken down every technical detail of recording their song “Bout That” over at the Portals site. This article not only describes every step of their process, but includes a ton of detailed audio loops of each sound they created for the track and photos along the way. For anyone that things noise is just shitting on a contact mic, you are about to learn there are so many ways to take a poop :)
“Bout That” was one of the last songs we finished for ‘Midcity’, and it came about through experimenting with classic hip hop structures. Specifically, we wanted to make a old school East Coast-style beat, using looped acoustic sources, letting those sounds stand in for hip hop’s traditional instrumental palette of drums and keys, etc. We were also interested in the way those beats were put together, where the changes happen, how the elements are arranged, and particularly in the old trick where the beat drops out on the 1 of a bar, and comes back in on the 2—we do this in “Bout That” at the top of the second verse. It’s likely we didn’t totally succeed in evoking the atmosphere we were going for, and it sounds unbelievably pretentious to assume we could emulate anything like what DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Large Professor achieved in the 90s, but really, those were our associations when we made the track. I guess you could say, we wanted to know what it might have been like had Primo made a Gang Starr record with François Bayle at GRM.
clipping. tour with Foot Village this May.
clipping. on Deathbomb Arc.