by Andrew Sacher


Following Sub Pop's signings of avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces and their R&B collaborators THEEsatisfaction, the label has continued its hip hop endeavors with recent signees clipping. The trio, comprised of rapper Daveed Diggs and producers Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson, aren't as blatantly experimental as Shabazz Palaces, but it's no trap rap crew either. Daveed's style draws from the underground rap of El-P, Aesop Rock, and others on the Def Jux roster. Meanwhile, the producers cross various genres, pulling from noise, IDM, and more, only rarely coming close to something resembling a traditional "hip hop beat."

Their debut album, Midcity, came out last year, and its followup (and first for Sub Pop), CLPPNG, comes out on June 10. You can get a taste of the album from its single, "Work Work," which features Cocc Pistol Cree, below.

clipping. have some dates coming up, including a stop in NYC for Red Bull Music Academy's Hardcore Activity In Progress show, which puts them with ambient wizard Tim Hecker, grindcore vets Napalm Death, rapper Gunplay, jazz trio The Thing, noisemakers Wolf Eyes, more noisemakers Bastard Noise, techno producer Regis, and plenty more. That happens in Queens at the Knockdown Center on May 16. Tickets are still available.

All clipping. dates are listed, with that song stream, LP info, and the RBMA show flyer, below...


clipping. - "Work Work" (ft. Cocc Pistol Cree)


CLIPPNG Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Body & Blood
3. Work Work (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)
4. Play
5. Summertime (Feat. King T)
6. Taking Off
7. Tonight (Feat. Gangsta Boo)
8. Dream
9. Get Up (Feat. Mariel Jacoda)
10. Or Die (Feat. Guce)
11. Inside Out
12. Story 2
13. Dominoes
14. Ends
15. Williams Mix (Feat. Tom Erbe)


clipping. -- 2014 Tour Dates
SAT, Mar 22 The Church on York, Los Angeles, CA
SAT, Apr 26 Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany
SUN, Apr 27 Baustelle Kalk, Cologne, Germany
TUE, Apr 29 K4, Nürnberg, Germany
WED, Apr 30 Donaufestival, Krems an der Donau, Austria
FRI, May 16 Knockdown Center , Flushing, NY
THU, Jun 12 Sonar (ES), Barcelona, Spain
FRI, Jun 13 Sonar (ES), Barcelona, Spain
SAT, Jun 14 Sonar (ES), Barcelona, Spain