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Erstwhile Antipop Consortium MC/producer HPrizm proves his ‘Catching A Body’ album was no fluke with ‘Magnetic Memory’, a follow-up side of singular rap and Jazzy Hip Hop
Alongside guest spots by his APC bro E. Blaize, plus Shabaka Hutchings (horns), Yolande Hunter (ad-libs) and James Brandon Scott (sax), HPRizm drops a dead solid batch of clever raps and inventive instrumentals crafted with old(ish) skool hardware and techniques.
The result is a reminder of late ‘90s/early ‘00s hip hop’s innovation within looser frameworks, when it wasn’t everyone gunning for the charts, chatting about the same shit, or trying to sound identikit to the next guy. By limiting himself to tried and tested samplers and peers, and relying on his own mic skill, the results are rugged and real, abstract and immersive, unpolished and daring.
“Composed and recorded throughout last year, Magnetic Memory is guided by Prizm’s desire to reconnect with a more traditional approach to sampling. That is to say, sampling as a primary element of composition. “History has moved on from seeing sound art as compositional,” he explains. “I wanted to re-embrace that. I thought there was more to say.”
In constructing Magnetic Memory’s rhythms and atmospheres, Prizm chose to work within the technological constraints of his earliest days as a producer. “Not a lot of gear,” says Prizm. “To make it more basement.”
“At my point of entry, you couldn’t do long-form sampling. You had to make something out of 9-12 seconds,” he explains. “Thus, the focus is not on adapting hooks from identifiable songs, but snatching isolated moments to form the basis of instrumentation.”