If you don’t count the full LP he recorded in collaboration with 311’s Nick Hexum (which, I don’t know why you wouldn’t), George Clanton hasn’t released an album since 2018. Which isn’t to say he hasn’t kept busy with music-related projects: 100% Electronica, the label he co-runs with Neggy Gemmy, has since bolstered its roster with names familiar to folks who are only a little bit terminally online (Pictureplane, Small Black), while he’s also been trickling out a series of singles lately: one with Neggy Gemmy and another more recent cut leaning all the way into ’90s trip-hop and radio pop influences. I think there was also something about billboards in there somewhere…
Today, though, Clanton announces his return with his third album Ooh Rap I Ya slated for release on July 28 via 100% Electronica. The tracklist includes both aforementioned singles, as well as a track that features a guest spot from like-minded baggy revivalist Hatchie. Today’s reveal also involves a third single from the record, a more downtempo recording than the previous two that matches their existentialism—what Clanton calls “a conscious attempt at making Grown Up Music about self-realization.” He adds, “The crux of the new song is ‘sometimes you’ve got to take your leave and start all over...justify your life.’”
Regarding the slowed-down pacing of the single, he continues: “I think it is interesting to note that while the takeaway of my last song (and likely this one...) is that I’m doing some kind of ’90s pastiche, that was not the intention at all. I feel like I’m just continuing the style and thoughts I developed on my last full length Slide.”
Check out the track below, and pre-order Ooh Rap I Ya here.