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Vocal Studies And Uprock Narra [Import]

Prefuse 73 Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives's 16 tracks can be listened to as one 50-minute piece of experimental ambient hip-hop. Even the album's more disruptive elements are somehow seamlessly integrated into the overall sense of groovy calm and funky forward motion. Atlanta-based producer Scott Herren uses a richly varied palette to create Vocal Studies' warm, subtle sound collages. Sliced-and-diced rap and vocal performances play a key role on a number of these sonic constructions. "Blacklist," featuring MF Doom and Aesop Rock, is an exception. Herren doesn't mess with the MCs' raps and the relatively straight-up track nicely contrasts with the CD's hip-hop abstractions. The producer does subtly manipulate the mellow vocals of Sam Prekop (Sea and Cake) on the lovely "Last Light." Listening to this flute-and-strings-laced R&B piece, it's easy to imagine sunbeams gently slicing through cloud formations. Vocal Studies can make you feel like you're dreaming and dancing at the same time. --Fred Cisterna

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4.0 out of 5 stars knocked out and put in the van July 13 2004
By Shanq
Format:Audio CD
it all started while taking my son to the local record exchange to look at used gamecube games and I heard a curious beat with a groove that I couldn't place?
I kept listening as we looked and it sounded like the radio was in between stations (radio, television, and shortwave?)!
I couldn't help but keep listening..... it was hip hop... rap.. samples..... commercials..metal guitar.....D&B... groove .... dub w/ a twist of dance hall?
on the way out I was so worked up I had to ask the counter guy
"WHo is That!!!???
Prefuse 73 vocal studies and uprock.
...... "what???"
he said it again.
Now.... I'm 40 yr old black REPUBLICAN that remembers the begining of hip hop and knew it wasn't a fad in 1977.
Prefuse 73 is Glitch Hop and has to be the one night stand of Kraftwerk ,Art of Noise, yellow magic orchastra, publicand some of blackest most militant straight out of brooklyn public enemy with a pinch of KRS1 hip hop
Those homeless guys you see argueing and apologizing to themselves?.......... this is want their listening to!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best prefuse73 album to date. Feb. 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
this is the most coherent and overall solid album by prefuse73. every track is good to outstanding. if you are prefer the hip-hop-based production side of prefuse73, as opposed to the more recent experimental side, this is the album to get.
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Format:Audio CD
Anyone listening to Prefuse's First album for the first time, will invariably after 1 minute...walk over to the Cd player to make sure to the Cd isn't skipping whilst playing, such is the Scratch/Glitch construction of his track. User's unfamiliar with his work will almost certainly wondered if the Cd itself isn't faulty as Prefuse's use of cutting & Splicing samples along with liberal use of Glitch editing, will seem Avant-garde to people not familiar with artists such as "Aphex Twin / Autechre", but where as their music is based generally around techno/Breakbeat.....Prefuse tackles the Hip-Hop Genre with the same work ethic (but arguably more inventive ideas), that could never be accused of being 'Tried & Unoriginal', which does mean that this probably requires more attention than most (especially in the Hip-Hop genre), but subsequent listens allow the true depths of his ideas/music to really come into their own.....admittedly maybe a bit too leftfield for mass market consumption, but at the same time pushing the boundaries of music, in many, many exciting areas, and equalling offering up hundreds of possibilities with which to pursue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW April 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is possibly the best cd, I ever bought with out listening to any of the song first. This disc is definately going in my top 10 cd's of all time. I was expecting glitch, but when i got it listened to it, its a mix between glitch, awesome break-beats, and flowing vocals. This CD was just what i needed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great HIP HOP album Feb. 18 2003
By daniel
Format:Audio CD
This is a hip hop record. The beats are hip hop beats. If you arrange your record collection according to genre, this should be filed with Cannibal Ox, Ol Dirty Bastard, and your other hip hop records. It does not go in the IDM or dance section. You won't file this with Aphex Twin or Mouse on Mars. This has a distinctly urban flavor, some record scratching, and there are MCs on here, cut up and clipped as they may be. You could play this in your jeep and get heads nodding.
That being said, this is a pretty inventive and terrific record. Rapping is different from singing because rhythm is emphasized in place of melody. This record takes that to an extreme, with very short vocal clips arranged in tight rhythmic patterns, sometimes sounding more like basslines or drums than vocals. Traditional MCing is used sparingly and to great effect. The music has a moody chill-out vibe, and the tracks flow together well. The sound is crisp and glitchy. I personally have never heard anything quite like it before, so I am not sure what to compare it too. Maybe some of the more informed reviewers can help you out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Hear music Jan. 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
Just because it's all cut up, deconstructed, and collaged, doesn't mean there's no songs here. This album flows smoothly into my ears. And I hear music, not deconstructed hip-hop. It seems like a good jazz album to me. It's very pretty and very smooth in parts. It retains some of the best emotive qualities of soul, jazz, and hip-hop. Sure, it's cerebral and is based in abstraction, but there's a certain lushness to the listen. It's totally accessable. People can interpret this album in many ways. Why the assumptions of "Donkeye?" People don't have a fear of music. They like what they like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More And More Fun Dec 7 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Nice. More than nice, very very nice. I love the way ground-breaking music takes on all kinds of descriptions because it's... indescribable! OK I'll add mine: "chop-hop". This is slightly more digestible than Squarepusher's "Go Plastic" (you can listen to more than a few tracks before the lid of your skull pops open) but it has all the fun rhythmic offsetting and compound multiple sneak attack downbeats (hmmm... not sure what to call that stuff, but it sure is neat).
If you're interested in expanding your notion of organized sound, get this one. Fun fun fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think with your mind. Think with your wallet. Sept. 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
By this album. By one for the car, one for the bedroom, one for your in-law's house, one for the bathroom, one for the in-law's bathroom. Remove all sharp objects from said places. Remove all baggy clothing that could have gotten caught on the sharp objects which were just removed. Stand in the center of the room. Turn stereo up to loudest setting. Let the beats destroy the rest of your music collection. It's okay; your other cd's know you've found a new love and gladly await the impending doom. Make sure you've put in your two weeks notice at your current job.
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