Philadelphia-based producer Ill Clinton dropped a new instrumental album earlier this week. Have you heard it yet? Released on November 11th, AMBAP is an amalgamation of the words ambient and boom bap, and it’s a word he created to describe his sound.
With 8 beats under the hood, I find AMBAP to play as a soundtrack to a peaceful, atmospheric, and sensual experience. All of the beats ride heavy on dense drums, and are wonderfully juxtaposed with layered samples (of gentle strings, angelic bells, warm keys, whispering woodwinds, soothing horns, etc) that add a delicate beauty. He also threw in a few vocal samples, and stamped the album with vinyl crackles, to help illustrate the mood. It’s such a great body of work, and easy to listen to, so check it out when you get a chance.