“HPRIZM has always been leaning over the boundaries of hip hop, egging it oninto new realms of sound and lyric. Under his many guises HPRIZM(a.k.a. Kyle Austin, High Priest, HP, Priest, Anton Tonebarr and/or Ornate Coldtrain) has challenged the status quo of hip hop as a member of Anti-Pop Consortium,Airborn Audio and The Isolationist. Now he takes it one step further.
With this first release, ‘City Of On’ on new label Svakt Records, HPRIZM has blown past the confines of hip hop and into the unknown. This single-sided 12” contains an almost 20 minute epic journey thatstarts with a bangin’ 4/4 beat before quickly dropping into the sonic equivalent the Bomb Squad making fresh new juke tunes. This mad footworkout degenerates into an old skool techno beat reminiscent ofAphex Twin’s heavier early works with the ghosts of Morton Subotnik’s old synthesizers floating over top. Just as you start getting comfortable with this unease it disintegrates into an acid houseflashback beat that crumbles before your ears into destructive hiphop that recalls some of the work he has done with Ant-Pop andAirborn Audio; classic head nod with an overlay of stammeringelectric noise. Then into a bit of John Carpenteresque ambiance thatsettles into what could be a Future Sound Of London CD skipping before falling off into an epic drone akin to a long lost lock groovefound at the end of an E.A.R. Record, looping for infinity… untilcut short by a sci-fi emergency jettison into outer space where the only music on board are the first two Kraftwerk records.