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Prefuse 73
Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives
Warp Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Scott Herren is Prefuse 73, and his Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives is laced with genre blending and tones that are usually tagged with the IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) moniker. But underneath the flesh is the spine of straight up hip-hop. His style is similar to the mixed up sounds of Wagon Christ or the Mu-ziq track "Lunatic Harness" - a reference that is most evident on the tracks "Radio Attack", "7th Message", and "Point To B" - with their potpourri of chopped up vocals that seem to be Herren's trademark sound. On "Life/Death" we see Herren doing his own Cubase take on Timbaland's broke-neck beat style, while Mikah 9 spits his rapid fire dirty south rhymes all over the track. Treating us to more hip-hop, Prefuse serves up "Blacklist", a track surrounded by the verbal thrills of soon to be underground MC legends, M.F. Doom and Aesop Rock. Homages to DJ Shadow come in the forms of "Smile In Your Face" and "Cliché Intro" with tight rolls, movie script samples, Fender Rhodes melodies, and even a distorted guitar intro. One can't help but think Josh Davis is hiding in there somewhere, and "Five Minutes Away" and "Last Light" show Herren has definitely been rockin' the Thrill Jockey/High Llamas/Stereolab vibe. The latter is even complemented with the buttery vocals of The Sea and Cake's lead crooner Sam Prekop.

Prefuse 73 has conquered the difficult task of painting a record with many different tones all the while keeping hip-hop as the main foundation. These are the types of efforts that will help elevate hip-hop to another level. This is a cool record highly recommended for fans od Wagon Christ, DJ Shadow, Mu-ziq, and Boards Of Canada.

Reviewed by Lyle Hodges
An infrequent LAS contributor based in New York City.

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