Clams Casino (real name; Mike Volpe, born in 1988) produces hip-hop beats in his home studio in New Jersey. He rose to fame with his numerous beats for Californian rapper Lil B, beats with an ethereal and dreamy component that make him one of the originators of the ambient-rap or cloud-rap style. On more than one occasion he has confirmed that his sounds come from archives found on the internet; among those samples are pieces of tracks by Imogen Heap, Morcheeba, Adele and Björk. Volpe claims to be influenced by artists like Mobb Deep, The Alchemist and RZA.
In 2011 he released the mix-tape “Instrumentals”, compiling his work for Lil B, Soulja Boy, Squadda B, The Jealous Boy, Main Attrakionz and Dezzy D. The mix-tape could be downloaded for free, but in August the Type label decided to release a remastered vinyl version. Shortly before that, his first official release came out, “Rainforest EP”, on the Tri Angle imprint – a collection of beats that had never been used by any rapper and were previously unreleased.
“Rainforest EP” (Tri Angle, 2011)
“Instrumental Mixtape” (Type, 2011)