Release Date: Feb 7, 2006
Record label: Warp
Scott Herren has grown into an iconoclast who resists the ingrained nature of releasing full-length-album statements every two to four years. Instead, during his career he has released several mini-albums, which are good ways to get more music into the market and put less of your reputation on the line. (After all, mainstream music critics need to take LPs seriously, but not EPs or singles.) Security Screenings, which arrived just one year after his last full-length, is light on collaborative tracks (only two) and very light on vocals (none whatsoever, besides a few random samples and the ironic inclusion of the low lights from a Prefuse interviewer who objects to the predominance of vocal tracks on 2005's Surrounded by Silence).
Forgoing guest MC appearances, Scott Herren's Security Screenings plays in a more DJ Shadow-meets-electronica vein. If Steinski were as influenced by Amon Tobin and Kid606 as by the history of hip-hop, he might come up with this album. Some might call it "abstract hip-hop," but it's perhaps more accurate to consider it a truly modern amalgam of influences.