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Thursday, 8 April 2004
music appreciation moment: Scott Herren
Now Playing: Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher
Topic: music appreciation

he has released music on labels such as Warp, Schematic, and Hefty. he records under several pseudonyms: Savath & Savalas, Delarosa & Asora, Prefuse 73. it's the last moniker which has me completely enthralled with his work. as Prefuse, he has shown the possibilities of where hip-hop can go. marrying them with the glitch-ridden tendencies of the laptop contingent, an MC's flow can be chopped up into Julienne fries and sprinkled over his instrumentals, punctuating the rhythms with staccato syllables and phonemes. his 2001debut album Vocal Studies & Uprock Narratives could be described as hip-hop for reluctant b-boys. you could tell that brother Herren obviously had skills behind the boards. he was holdin' back, though, and in time he would reveal all that he was capable of.

The 92 vs. 02 Collection gave a glimpse of what was to come. a quick four-song EP to tide us over between full-lengths, his b-boy stance got a little wider, his confidence more exposed, the beats more rugged and complex. during the summer of 2002, the single "Wylin' Out" was released on the Chocolate Industries label. Featuring Mos Def & Diverse trading verses, it became the sleeper hit of the summer. but he still had higher to go. everything that had come before would only scratch the surface of what was in him.

last year saw the release of his sophomore full-length *One Word Extinguisher, one of my favorite releases of 2003. words fail me. seriously. pure audio magic from start to finish. vocals of divas are deconstructed and dive in and out of snare drum hits. the words of MCs become the exclamation points of Scott's beat sentences. an unbelievably good album. and if that weren't enough, soon after he released Extinguished, a collection of alternate takes and outtakes from One Word Extinguisher. his outtakes could take out most full-lengths out there.

last i heard, he moved from Atlanta to Barcelona. his latest release is under the Savath & Savalas moniker, a quiet little LP entitled Apropa't filled with traditional Catalan selections and instrumentation. not sure what he'll do next, but he's already solidified a place in my mind as one of my favorite producers. i encourage you to check out his work. not sure if his Eastern Developments label is still up and running, but he started an imprint of his own to modest fanfare. some interesting artists on there, too.

Posted by macedonia at 3:28 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 8 April 2004 3:30 PM EDT
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