on 29 March 2005
Scott Herron's Prefuse 73 is a combination of Warp-label glitch and instrumental hip hop that has him adored by IDM merchants and headz alike. It is not nearly as abrasive and uncompromising as some writers would lead you to believe, but rather a heady mash up of new-school electro and (largely instrumental) hip hop that employs an arsenal of modern digital effects. There is much that is summery and sweetly melodic on One Word Extinguisher, but most of it has been put through the ringer of digital manipulation. Uprock and Invigorate, a collaboration with likeminded Dabyre, is a swaggering saunter complete with jazzy keyboards, squelching bass and cooing vocal snippets. '90% Of My Mind is With You' is the closest thing to a break-up song as you can get from filtered electronica, ending with a medley (or is it montage?) of lovelorn soul/Motown samples. 'Why I love You' sounds like a Beyoncé record stripped of the lead vocals and remixed by Boom Bip, while 'Choking You' again displays Herron's melancholic side. There is much else of note also, but like many hip-hop records this could do with some editing down, being as it is about 5 tracks too many, with a number of 'head-nodders' sounding overly alike. Nevertheless, an important artist reaching his peak.
on 11 June 2003
If you pick this up expecting to hear the traditional sounds of Warp records (Orbital, Aphex Twin, Nightmares on Wax, Jimi Tenor, Boards of Canada etc), you will be sorely disappointed, for this above all a hiphop album. But stop! Keep listening for you will be handsomely rewarded if your taste extends as widely as most fans of Warp. This is the first original and exciting album of 2003 and I say this well aware that many of you trip hop/ hip hop fans, like me, may have been deceived by many a false dawn in recent years with overhyped albums aplenty across all the laid-back genres in recent years. I share your disappointment with many feted albums of recent years which have never matched the wealth of quality albums of the mid-90s. But no, this album is worth a look. It is eclectic which will put off those who like their albums to flow, with a diverse set of tunes all squashed together in a sometimes disconcerting ebb and flow. But there are some truly inspired songs to be enjoyed start with no8 - it makes you go bombing if you're impatient for a tune that really grabs the attention and then the rest will fall into place.
on 6 January 2004
I must confess I made a bit of a leap into the unknown with this album. I am a serious fan of their label buddies Aphex Twin, but I knew before purchase that it would be vastly different. I was not disappointed. In this album this listener is presented with a mix of electronica, hip-hop, chilled synth, some really ecclectic sounds that I just can't categorize, and wierd vocal interludes. I think the best way to describe this would be some sort of thinking-man's DJ Shadow. When you have moved on in your taste, and listened to that genre to the extent you have had enough, then this would be a great advance. Its pretty chilled out, but provides some really interesting listening, rather than simply melting into the background. The album is hugely varied, with some dub-fuelled human beat-boxing going on, though its not as dark as something like Deadly Avenger.
I would thoroughly advise what is simply a very good album and a pleasure to listen to, plus the cover is nice!
on 7 May 2003
When Scott Herren released vocal studies and uprock naratives, the worlds of electronica, hip hop and jazz collided. The fragments after this collision are what you hear in Prefuse 73's music. With One Word Extinguisher the floorless platform is elevated and new music is created. This work of genius is unlike all the other names cited to be also in his style, one being machine drum. The more fluid elements of this album really hold the glitches, beeps and crackles of Scott Herrens work. If there was a museum for modern music, this would be a centrepiece.
on 22 July 2003
First heard these on red snappers mix and was blown away,so was eagerly awaiting this album and it doesnt disappoint,beeps and squeaks yes,disposable no,standout tracks include altoid addiction and busy signal,very original to me,buy this and you wont be disappointed.