Clams Casino’s New Song With Kelela Is About Being Black In America

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Electronic musician and hip-hop producer Clams Casino is getting ready to drop his first proper album, 32 Levels. The full-length will feature long-time collaborator Lil B, Mikky Ekko, Vince Staples, A$AP Rocky, and R&B-pop futurist Kelela. Yesterday, the New Jersey-native producer dropped his track with Kelela, “A Breath Away.” It’s a weirdly beautiful number, full of unconventional percussive sounds that mirror the music of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. The initially murky production takes a surprisingly bright turn at the hook, when Kelela’s vocal lines fracture and multiply during the chorus: “We are/ Just a breath away from heaven.” Kelela tweeted about the song, saying it was about being black in America, rather than a simple love song.  

My collab wit @clammyclams that sounds like it’s abt a lvr but is really abt being black in America

— Kelela (@kelelam) July 1, 2016

Stream the track below and stay tuned for 32 Levels, out July 15 via Columbia.

Skrillex and Clams Casino teamed up last summer for a track featuring Kelela and RATKING‘s Hak. Listen :

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