Earlier this year, 23-year-old Nutley, NJ native, Mike Volpe ("Clams Casino") released a mixtape chock-full of instrumental Hip-Hop beats - completely on a whim. Said mixtape, the aptly-titled "Instrumentals" was received with great praise far and wide! So, instead of making one of those cliché
For all intensive purposes, Clams Casino essentially created Lil B's now infamous stream-of-consciousness #BASED musical stylings. One could further argue that Volpe also had a strong hand in "Cloud Rap" (Chillwave)'s 2010-11 formation, as well. For those not yet familiar with Clams Casino... his sound can essentially be described as: atmospheric, "mood music," ambiance, sample-based, Chopped & Screwed, airy, emotional, and soundtrack-esque.
Instrumentals is made up of 11 unadorned beats, which were previously utilized by the likes of Lil B BASEDGOD, Soulja Boy, Squadda B, Main Attrakionz, and Deezy D. Mike Volpe originally liberated the mixtape online back in March-April, Type Records then released a physical 2xLP package... and just yesterday, Instrumentals was re-released online - mixed, mastered, and now presented in 320 kbps. Clams Casino has recently begun working with a few note-worthy "mainstream" artists including: A$AP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T. The Weeknd, and Lana del Rey (Remix). Right now, it looks as though 2012 is fixing to be yet another BIG year for up-and-coming producer, Sir [Michael] Volpe!