Prefuse 73, the long-running and influential project of glitch-hop pioneer Guillermo Scott Herren, will return this spring with its first album since 2018’s Sacrifices. The 12-track New Strategies for Modern Crime Vol. 1 arrives March 22 on Lex Records and is led by first single “A Lord Without Jewels.”
Throughout, Herren weaves “lost soundtracks, musique concrète, jazz and beat-tape music” into his trademark instrumental hip-hop to create a sonic commentary on the media’s obsession with crime.
Prefuse 73 is best known for its groundbreaking first two albums, 2001’s Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives and 2003’s One Word Extinguisher, on which he emerged as something of an heir apparent to DJ Shadow’s dark, sample-heavy sound. Over the years, he has collaborated with everyone from Ghostface Killah, GZA and MF Doom to the Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop and Run the Jewels’ El-P.
Here is the track list for New Strategies for Modern Crime Vol. 1 :
Forever Chase (Scene One)
A Lord Without Jewels
Clean Up Scene Apprentice
The End of Air
She Needs No Introduction
Fare La Corna
Lullabies and Awakenings