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One Word Extinguisher

Prefuse 73

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Album Review

Prefuse 73's second album for Warp should be the one that catapults Scott Herren into the programming firmament occupied by Warp mainstays like Autechre and Aphex Twin. A fascinating collection of glitchy breakbeats and inventive, melodic experimental techno, One Word Extinguisher is a set of electronica that's nearly as challenging as Autechre's relentlessly academic beat manipulation but just as funky and instantly gratifying as a Fatboy Slim flag-waver. (Certainly those famous former b-boys in Plaid could never hope to score a Foot Locker commercial.) But forget electronic music — Herren is trying to take hip-hop to the next level with a vision of breakbeat music that, like the crunchy digital productions of Timbaland and Neptunes, pushes hip-hop production into the future. Quintessentially '70s and '80s innovations like samplers and analog mixers are giving way to digital software and CD mixers, and Herren welcomes the changeover; "Huevos With Jeff and Roni," one of the record's three vocal tracks, features Def Jux's Mr. Lif "on a minisc mic." Not that Russell Simmons is about to jump on the Prefuse bandwagon, or a Scott Herren line of urban fashionwear is in the cards, but One Word Extinguisher means as much to the future of underground rap as it does to experimental techno. Skater hero and lo-fi mastermind Tommy Guerrero, Ann Arborite Dabrye, and Plug Research's own Daedelus each stop by for intriguing co-productions.

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Outstanding, Don't Miss This One

A friend of mine dropped this on me last year. It's easily one of the best albums i've ever owned. I would classify it more as "electronic" then "rap/hip-hop" however. So dreamy, funky, smooth and sometimes jolting ... all at the same time. Drum breaks, answering machine messages, ambience, floating free rap and plenty of groove. When you look at your "play count" in iTunes and see numbers in the 100s, you know it's time to go leave a review :)

Awesome beats

Prefuse 73 is definitly going somewhere with their music. It's strange, yet inviting. "Choking You" is one of my favorite songs~

Prefuse 73

Oh, man, his work is gorgeous. My favorites off of this album is 'Styles That Fade Away with a Collonade Reprise', 'Uprock and Invigorate', and 'Invigorate (Interlude)'. They're so sick.

Biography

Born: Miami, FL

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Prefuse 73 is the alias of Scott Herren, an experimental hip-hop producer whose material often features MCs buried in the mix to become more a part of the sonic texture than a focal point. Herren began his career working in commercial studios in Atlanta, but later went on to more experimental work. His first record under the Prefuse name, Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives, not only buried but cut up and spliced raps as well as allowing some more straightforward vocals from several MCs. The 2003 follow-up,...
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