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Prefuse 73 – Reads the Books EP

August 3rd, 2005 · No Comments · Electro, Electronica, Instrumental hip hop, Music, Trip hop

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Well read?

6/10

On paper this seemed a match made in heaven. Scott Herren’s masterful rythmic programming pared up with The Books’ airy collage folk seeming destined to bring out the best in both: giving the former added space and organic texture and the latter much-need structure and a bit of funk. To begin with, this is what it does, Pagina Dos (also featured on recent Prefuse 73 LP Surrounded by Silence) and Pagina Tres are instantly recognisable as belonging to both artists, and in a sense a perfect meeting of the two. As enjoyable as these brief tracks are, they do not venture into territory virgin to either artist, and I think this is also where the project fails: enjoyable as viewed as a simple remix project but not as a collaboration. The rest of the EP is fairly pedestrian, with nice beats and fragments of plucked guitar (and banjo) but essentially average stuff when compared with the artists’ ‘solo’ material. ‘Pagina Ocho’, featuring long-time Herren collaborator Claudia Maria Deheza, spends about a minute being absolutely amazing but is let down by some rather dreary vocals harmonies. Nevertheless, worth picking up as a titbit if you are a fan of either.

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