RIYL: clipping., Death Grips, Dälek, Techno Animal, Doseone, Gangrene

Label: BARO

You’ll notice that BARO has called this cassette the “boombox-friendly version.” This works two ways. The first is obvious, and that’s the fact that most boomboxes have a tape deck. The second is… this bumps in the whip and in this case, will bump on your boombox. This self-titled split finds producer Broder and emcee Crescent Moon joining forces to create an experimental take on hip-hop. The pair clarify that you shouldn’t call this indie rap or backpack rap, and I certainly wasn’t going to. Experimental hip-hop isn’t new, but it certainly is hard to come by. I can’t name off many experimental acts concerning the genre off the top of my head, but I can’t help but think of clipping. as I listen to this EP. They made this with a “vested interest in pushing [hip-hop], and themselves to new places.” I think they’re accomplishing just that. Crescent Moon’s verses swerve and swing over Broder’s endlessly wobbling beats. Listen to this split below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Boombox-friendly version.
Limited to 100 high-bias cobalt tapes.

Crescent Moon (aka Alexei Moon Casselle) and Andrew Broder are restless souls. Both were raised and battle-tested in the burgeoning underground hip-hop scene of Minneapolis in the late-90's - Caselle as an MC and Broder as a DJ/Turntablist- and both realized early on that they would have to push themselves out of that embryonic comfort zone and get weird with it. Casselle brought his razor-sharp and bone marrow-rich writing to the hazy throb of Kill the Vultures. Broder founded Fog, an awkwardly beautiful and jagged melding of turntable skronk and melodic song heartache. The pair have known and respected each other for damn near 20 years, and inevitably gravitated towards writing songs together in a basement, resulting in 6 songs for this self-titled EP Crescent Moon / Andrew Broder.

This is experimental and independent music. This is not indie rap or backpack rap. This is rap music made by two friends with a deep love for the form, and a vested interest in pushing it, and themselves to new places.

Price $8.5

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