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You could say that Mark Fell imposes certain restrictions on himself as an artist, working with a familiar and often rigid set of tools and sound palette. However within those limitations anything becomes possible and he's proved that with his releases time and time again, creating a sound which is truly his own.
This LP is no exception and in this case it sounds like he's been injecting his machines with performance enhancing drugs as these two side long tracks are firing on all cylinders - Full throttle. 'This' completely disposes of the often predicable framework of house and techno with rhythmically intense sonics which involve a reworked out-take from the Multistability album, stuff taken from live performances, the sound of a Mac Mini failing to mount a DVD and presets from 80's Yamaha frequency modulation synthesisers. Created entirely through MIDI the production is ultra pristine as Mark takes us on a journey of epic rhythmical proportions.
Midway through 'This' things get really exiting and then the finale is a more stripped back bleepy affair that makes me think of the brilliant 'Day-Glow' by Quazar from 1990 or Damon Wild's 'Avion' albeit stripped back to their skeletons with Mark's idiosyncratic approach.
'That' comprises the second side and when that gets going it's a pure adrenalin rush I tell thee. Yet again - All hail Sheffield's computer music king. Highly recommended.
10/10 Andrea 4th July 2013
If it'd be a painting, it'd be a Futurists' representation of the dynamics of movement: Mark Fell's "Periodic Orbits of a Dynamic System Related to a Knot" is indeed a remarkable example of dynamic abstract at its best. Its rhythm and evolving sounds are a tireless flow of narration that grows slowly in a patient and superbly tailored electronic climax that does not let you dance nor rest, but agitate in a restless need to follow its pace. Mind blowing.
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