Prefuse 73 returns after a remarkably long break (four years!) to treat us all with a fresh platter of his clicking minimal-hip-hop, reverb-soaked and with odd production touches abound. Guest vocalists include Busdriver, Rob Crow and Helado Negro, and Rivington Nao Rio is released by Temporary Residence.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 06 May 2015
We’ve run out of different people to keep reviewing these new Prefuse 73 releases so the parcel has been passed back to me. Old Scott has been quiet over the last few years but has obviously been tinkering around chopping beats, adding jazzy samples and making things so squelshy that I’m almost tempted to coin the phrase ‘leaky shoe-tronica’.
So this is the big one after a couple of EP’s and I hope it doesn’t do it a disservice to say that if you like his classic era records like ‘One Word Extinguisher’ then you are going to like this. The first main track ‘Applauded Assumptions’ has everything exactly where you’d want it sounding like Heron has chopped his studio into a thousand pieces and re-arranged it blindfolded. Heron has always had a list of collaborators as long as the average human arm and here retired Pinback bloke Rob Crow glides effortlessly through ‘Quiet One’ - his voice perfectly in sync with the skittering lop sided electronica. There are many standouts but the album centre piece has to be ‘Through A Lit and Darkened Path Pts 1 & 2’ which is seemingly going nowhere in a very pleasant manner when all the bits fall apart and re-arrange themselves into a fantastic ascending melody which kinda marries splice-hop with neo-classical composition. Even better though is 'Infrared' featuring Sam Dew which is slinkingly gorgeous lamp lit soul.
The thing I like about this album is that its the sound of an artist playing to his strengths - Heron has never been quite as effective when he has moved away from his signature sound and this recent work is the sound of him celebrating sounding like Prefuse 73...which is absolutely fine by me. He’s an expert at producing broken but warm experimental hip-hop and this ranks up there with recent releases by Machinedrum and Daedelus as examples of a producers who have been around awhile proving that they are still on top of their game.
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