‘Protogravity’ is the first collaborative single from electronic composers Mark Fell (SND) and Erik Wiegand (aka Errorsmith, MMM). Combining the creative methods of these two major contributors to the development of alternative dance forms, ‘Protogravity’ explores their various working practices and compositional styles to create a coherent collection of subterranean techno.
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- Protogravity EP by Errorsmith & Mark Fell
9/10 Jim Staff review, 27 May 2015
Hot on the heels of his amazing collaboration with Gábor Lázár, Mark Fell teams up with Berlin clubmusic pioneer Erik Wiegland in his first outing as Errorsmith in over 10 years. While this EP is much more dancefloor-friendly than Fell’s aforementioned collab with Lázár, the freshness of his and Wiegland’s totally idiosyncratic production styles just makes this music leap out and give you a virtual ear tweaking.
Both producers are consummate minimalists in that they can pare sounds down to open up new spaces and dynamics between constituent sonic components. The title track ‘Protogravity’ does this with a deceptively simple resonant kick, flanged snare and cymbal, all set against a sizzling, blissful synthesizer wave. There is something about the starkness and clinical tonal qualities of these sounds though that just makes them stand out with a strange, almost hyper-real vividness. As the beat starts to shift and twist in unpredictable ways, becoming more complex while still retaining an infectious, syncopated momentum, some oddly unprocessed falsetto vocal harmonies are introduced into the mix. The effect is both playful and slightly haunting; house music but not as you know it.
The two other tracks here are no less intriguing, with ‘Cuica Digitales’ employing more vocal textures and weird pitch disruption over an hypnotic groove and 'Atomic #80' bringing us closer to the full-on, ascetic intensity of both Mark Fell and Errorsmith’s solo music.
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