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dj sprinkles & mark fell - Complete Spiral EP
OK, hands up if you really weren't expecting this! And down again. Two of the world's most distinguished electronic musicians have drawn upon their shared passion for the sensuality and groove of late '80s / early '90s NYC House to hatch a genuine anthem for unsuspecting and open minds. DJ Sprinkles, aka Terre Thaemlitz, is a now Tokyo-based producer who, among so much other stuff, released the hugely loved, genre-defining "Midtown 120 Blues" album back in 2009. Mark Fell is the South Yorkshire-based sonic genius known for groundbreaking work as half of SND and is surely one of the most important underground producers of a generation. The 'Complete Spiral EP' is an exquisite consolidation of their respective aesthetics, marrying Fell's filigree funk reductions with the instinctual, club-learnt groove pressure of Thaemlitz. The highlight for many will be their Arthur Scargill-sampling A-side 'Say It Slowly', where a choice speech is stretched out over organ stabs and a welting subbass heave in homage to so many MLK-sampling classic House bombs. A 'Hee-Haw' mix follows, replacing the speech with sparing coos and gasps leaving the rhythm naked for all to feel. But the B-side is the one that completely destroys us - an absolute peach taking over 12 minutes to do its thing, rippling skin-prickling polyrhythms with genuinely advanced, debonaire flair - Fell's percussive kinks synced silky smooth with Sprinkles' sense of body-yearning gratification and devilish, post-club intent. Cut by Rashad at Dubplates & Mastering, here's hoping that it's not just a one-off.