Last spotted writing an album called 'Lady Parts' as Fudge, it feels like time Scott Heron got back to doing what he's best at. After many years of output he still has great production chops and though we have absolutely zero information about this album we're sure it will be as much anticipated as all his previous work.
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Two tracks into this record, ‘Late To The Party’ he says; well yes we are but only just, give us a break already it's so stiflingly hot... A little bit tardy with our analysis of this new LP from Guillermo Scott Herren we may be, but we truly are happy to see the return of Prefuse 73… OK, so ‘Rivington Nao Rio’ with its Brazilian-inspired rhythms was only 3 years ago but it was a relatively low-key affair. Here, Herren’s beats are as crunchy, crisp and sharp as an iceberg lettuce with Salad Cream on top; from his ‘New Salad Intro’ through to his ‘We Lost Out Beat Tape In Mecca’ conclusion.
It’s a collection of refreshingly chilled and jazzy beats with some ‘90s-to-Noughties-influenced electronica and World-surfing infusions. Hip-hop cut-ups, tight snares and subtle percussion bubble through an effervescent collection of tasty treats for your ear buds. Many of the sounds here are an updated redux to his ‘One Word Extinguisher’; Sacrifices is probably his finest, most consistent album since then, but that was 15 (fifteen!) years ago -- boy, how time flies.
Some truly gorgeous strings and woodwind loops on the outstanding tracks ‘The New Year’ and ‘Washington Heights Lovers’; those textures are so finely layered, so joyful to hear, so evocative. The dusty synths and sun-baked drum machine toiling woozily through ‘Basinskitarian’ are certainly a little Plaid / BoC-like. We even get the caramel-smooth soul vocals of James Tillman on ‘Silver & Gold’. Yes. I’m getting some very fine, super-relaxo, sunshiney vibes from this record. Mellow mellow, right on.
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