Prefuse 73 mastermind Scott Herren is surrounded by a cavalcade of notable names on his new album, "Surrounded by Silence," due March 22 via Warp. Among the guests are El-P and the Wu-Tang Clan's Ghos

Prefuse 73 mastermind Scott Herren is surrounded by a cavalcade of notable names on his new album, "Surrounded by Silence," due March 22 via Warp. Among the guests are El-P and the Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah on first single "HideYaFace" (due commercially in late February), fellow Wu-Tang members GZA and Masta Killa, Aesop Rock, Tyondai Braxton, Cafe Tacuba, Beans, Broadcast, the Books, DJ Nobody and Blonde Redhead guitarist Kazu Makino.

"This album is a collection of collaborations between those I respect musically and those who I share personal friendships with," Herren says. "The master plan was to not use any collaboration that had been a commodity to sell a record."

Herren describes the collection as "the radio station of my mind -- as far as I'm concerned, my first love for music was hip-hop and as I grew, so much other music came into my life naturally that I wanted to interchange things that I could foresee working."

Herren says "Surrounded by Silence" blends "almost as many instrumentals as collaborations." So many ideas were in the mix that "there is about an hour's worth left off just to get this to its point of release," including collaborations with Madlib, Four Tet, Diplo, and TV On The Radio vocalist Tunde Adebimpe.

"This exchange of ideas doesn't need to blow up the airwaves and sell a million copies," Herren says. "If it gets to enough people to make them happy during the moments it enters their ears, then my mission has been accomplished."

The Barcelona-based artist is expected to tour later this year in support of the new album.

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