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Boomkat Product Review:
The latest album from Prefuse 73 is an odd one indeed, it’s been a while since he’s really trodden the rap deconstructionist path of his earlier records, but ‘The Only She Chapters’ is possibly the furthest he has moved away from his roots to date. Taking the female voice as the conceptual base for the record, he has made a noisy, unpredictable and hazy record which seems almost like a tribute to its pack of collaborators. Across the space of eighteen tracks we see Zola Jesus, Shara Worden, Adron, Niki Randa, Nico Turner, Faidherbe and most crucially the late Trish Keenan, and these collaborations are sort of the ‘point’ of the record itself. What could have been a disjointed listening experience is a delightfully playful one in the hands of Heron, and taking influence from the recent slew of beat-miners such as The Focus Group, The Advisory Circle and The Moon Wiring Club, Heron shrouds his sound in white noise and dusty samples. Occasionally the female presence is pushed into mere breaths and textures, but it manages to hold throughout giving something of a connecting thread to the plethora of influences. I could even see Finders Keepers collectors finding something to sink their plastic fangs into on tracks like ‘The Only Contact She’s Willing To Give’ or the mind-blowingly good ‘The Only Trial of 9000 Suns’. Those of you who have ignored the last few Prefuse albums take note – this is Heron’s best work for years.