This week on Tracking––a regular series in which we discuss our current favorite songs––you can listen to additions from A$AP Rocky, Toro y Moi, Beach Fossils and TORRES.
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A$AP Rocky – “LVL” p. Clams Casino (1 of 4)
Clams Casino and A$AP Rocky have a symbiotic relationship. Both have fed off of one another on their path to critical acclaim. If Clams happens to go the way of SpaceGhostPurpp and the partnership dissolves, at least we’ll have tunes like “LVL” to look back on fondly. Clams’ beat for “LVL” is not his most striking but it is a perfect example of how his productions feel like a beautiful wave crashing right on your face. The synth lines are lush walls of sound that sway the entire track when the melody shifts. These progressions are structured perfectly alongside the sparse snare hits. The sound he ultimately creates is equal parts children singing toward the sky and a pit bull with spit falling off his teeth.
Rocky takes Clams’ gift and drops an appropriately energetic verse, filled with quotable shit-talking. He notes that “niggas say a nigga blew up too fast/ fuck I’m supposed to do with all this new ass?/ fuck I’m supposed to do with all this new cash?/ thousand dollar draws just to hold my balls/ all I ever do it let my jewels sag.” He has some more rhymes that are well constructed but to be honest even awful rap, spat passionately, would sound great over this beat. Listen to this one with plenty of space around you so you can sway your body like one of those inflatable tube men. –– Drew Malmuth