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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005IBIA
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Radio Attack
2. Nuno
3. Life/Death (with Mikah 9)
4. Smile In Your Face
5. Point To B
6. Five Minutes Away
7. Living Life (with Rec Eenter)
8. Eve Of Dextruct
9. Last Light (with Sam Prekop)
10. Cliche Intro
11. Back In Time
12. Hot Winter's Day
13. Blacklist (with MF Doom & Aesop Rock)
14. Untitled
15. Afternoon Love-In
16. 7th Message

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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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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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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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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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Scott Herren,a DJ from Atlanta, put together something of a mission statement for glitch-hop with Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives. This record, I think, marks the beginning of age that will make it difficult to tell the difference between hip-hop and and an electronic scene that's been given it's first big shove in creativity in at least a few years.
From the intro, a hip-hop station being tuned in and out, you'd expect this to be some underground rapper's record, but instead, the song turns out to be intrumental with fuzzy beats and ominous electonic sine waves that could've been taken from any Tigerbeat6 artist combined with tuned-in cut-up soul singers and indecipherable rapping. Why is it so indecipherable? Because Herren chops rhymes all the way down to the syllable into percussion-like sound effects. It's hard to figure out what just happened once it's over.
The music of the aforementioned "Nuno" seems to be run by a machine that's being allowed to do it's own thing. There's a steady beat, but the sound effects over them seem triggered by other sound effects. Vocal snippets of Mary J. Blige-sounding singers gasping "Oh no..." and generally moaning and squealing are set off by certain beats. It's all very mathematic, but still more plain ...and urban than most of the other hip-hop you'll hear. Kraftwerk would love this stuff. Beats start and stop, vocals are slapped together for new melodies. Each song takes on unpredictable patterns that come like second nature once you get to know them
All this would seem to call for the death of the MC since every song seems to splice up all but the most important phrases in their raps. But instead, you'll find out that half the songs have steady rapping.
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