One of my top CDs of 2005 at the mo,
This review is from: Surrounded By Silence (Audio CD)
This has been one of the joys of the year for me. Repeatedly finding its way into my CD player, I've not got bored of this album at all. In fact, with each listen it gets better and better, sounding fresher and more brilliant the more I hit the play button.
I like to think of this as hip hop as seen through the eyes of Autechre's Gantz Graf machine. The opening few tracks of the album treat you to some intricate splintered samples that fly around your ears. Expertly produced so that it doesn't sound like a jumbled mess, the Prefuse 73 mastery of samples comes from a different school of thought to the seamlessly slick RJD2 and DJ Shadow. Samples fly in like ricocheting bullets, tearing through in reverse before timestretching away into the distance. I love the way the tracks crash into each other, almost like when you flick round radio stations quickly to be confronted by a bit of country and western before a crackle of static occurs and switch to another genre hits you. Its sometime surreal but highly compelling, it has the cLOUDDEAD ideal that any noise is worthy sample material and it can be treated in any way Mr Prefuse sees fit. Things like taking the 'groany moany' adlibbing from a vocalists singing and piecing it together in a bizarre rhymic melody, classy and original. Plus you get the perfect split between the instrumental experimentalism and the slightly more straight laced MC led tracks featuring the likes of Aesop Rock.
With the sun starting to make its presence known, this is a perfect album for the summer vibe. It has the ability to hold your attention from album beginning to album end, catching you up in soaring walls of sound and laid back grooves. A top one this and no mistake.