ATMOSPHERE-Sad Clown Bad Summer EP

Posted: September 19, 2007 by dillion in Hip Hop, Indie, MP3, Music, Uncategorized

Fans of Minneapolis-based Atmosphere have long enjoyed the underground rap troupe’s Sad Clown Bad series. Each one is unique and fresh, and this summer jam is he best of the lot. With summer stories that rival DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s classic anthem, Summertime, I can recommend this to fans of hip hop or laidback hipsway alike. It begins with Sunshine (“sunshine so fine/feel it in my skin/warmin’ up my mind”), a simple and radio-friendly ditty that you can play for your 10-year old. It proceeds to The Number One, which heats up a little bit, telling a story of High School love that is still innocent, especially compared with the nasty grind of mainstream hip hop. The star on this cut is Ant’s fantastic soul samples and well-placed snare riffs. Slug has perfect timing, knowing when to hit the beat and when to back off and the let the rhythm hit you. Things then heat up with RFTC, with a deeper, grimier beat and tales of doing lay-ups at the train yards (“bag full of pain/head full of brain”) and Running From The Cops. Ah, those were the days. But as soon as its over, we bounce back to The Mattress, an incredibly catchy number, and end with Don’t Forget, the best track on the EP with an awesome underground hook as good as anything MF Doom ever produced.

This release gets my absolute highest recommendation.



  1. Devin says:

    well said.

    i dunno about the other sad clown bad summers, but this one is REALLY good. i was a little disappointed with atmosphere’s last album, but if his new one (Lemons…) is anything like this- i’ll be STOKED.

    looking forward to more

  2. kam says:

    he doesnt have any other “sad clown bad summers”, he has “sad clown bad dubs”, a “sad clown happy dub” and one more after this “sad clown bad fall”

    most of the sad clown cds are b-sides and live tracks, but happy dub, bad summer, bad fall are almost like albums. they are sick. end of. man anything atmosphere put out seems to be dope. and for the record i LOVED you cant imagine how much fun we are having.

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