Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives CD
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An impressive fusion of electronics and hip-hop, Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives is Atlanta-born sound scientist Scott Herren's debut record under the pseudonym Prefuse 73. In the past, he's recorded avant-electronica as Delarosa & Asora and post-rock as Savath & Savalas--but his work as Prefuse finds him making a cerebral, precise misshape of music that's so starkly original, it often sounds like nothing else ever put to tape. Over the record's 16 fantastically twisted tracks, Herren cuts up the lyrical flow of a relay team of rappers into a maelstrom of dismembered syllables, electronic stutters and Aphex-style ambient bass chimes; the way he feeds the conventions of old-skool hip-hop through a virus-raddled modem and drags the often beautiful likes of "Point To B" or "Back In Time" out of the other end is often little short of miraculous. If there's a frustrating side to "Vocal Studies...", it's purely in the fact that Herren seems too impatient to follow many ideas to their plotted conclusions; when, on "Black List", he lets his guesting rap crew actually spit out their rhymes safe from the digital mincer, it's like a mini-revelation in itself. That's not to do this fine record down, though--everyone from broad-minded B-boys to quirk-hungry Rephlex heads should find an embarrassment of glitch-riches here. --Louis PattisonSee all Product description
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Prefuse's later release Surrounded by Silence incorporated real + excellent femanle soulful additional as extrAlayers of melody to the cut up textures hip-hop guests+ sounds. also very good. kind of new style of cut-up lap-top hip-hop.. less dense + psychedelic than new man - Flying Lotus keeping closer to classic beats + rhymes on this excellent debut lp - Herren excels here.
Vocal Studies here though is excellent hybrid samples,field recordings +hip-hop beats. highly recommended.
The man behind Prefuse 73 (Scott Herren) opens this album with the lushous 'radio attack' which sets the mood for the mouthwatering tracks that follow. 'Smile in your face' is an absolute scorcher of a track...probably my personal favourite, but every track is a classic. 'eve of destruction'- which is kinda similar to the 'Boards of Canada' style is another cracker. I could go on and on about how immense each track is.
Put it this way, I couldn't find a better album to listen to during the drab summer days in Scotland. Why don't you have a listen for yourself and make up your own mind.
Heren has a very distinctive sound and approach to composing beats and this album certainly highlights his capabilities.
Tasteful and enjoyable from start to finish.
Standout tracks include Smile In Your Face, Back In Time, and 7th Message.
This is worth buying even if you've yet to hear any Prefuse 73 - it's definitely one of the better releases in the Experimental/Hip-Hop/Beats genre.
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