‘Bits#10’ is minimal. You thought Basic Channel was minimal? Try Protofuse, who uses the barest of elements to construct of a groove. In some ways it reminds me of Wolfgang Voigt’s work as ‘Studio 1’. Yet I’d say for Protofuse’s work, there’s an even greater subtlety, afforded in the great spaciousness of these three tracks. Even while it appears to be a simple beat, a simple sound, there’s a great deal going on it terms of the low-end. Also delay is used rather heavily throughout much of the EP, which reminds me of some of a naked Basic Channel track.
The first track is perhaps the starkest one. It at first listen appears to be nearly blank. Yet upon closer listens one notices the slight pitch shifts, the changes in the beat. For me though the second track is my favorite. Nearly immediately it differentiates itself from the other tracks. It is nearly hyperactive in its many transformations. Small beats, little clicks, and barely there micro-melodies emerge out of the beats. As soon as one gets a hold of them, they submerge. It’s a flirty little track, constantly playing tricks on one’s mind and challenging the notion of what is a groove. ‘7B’ the closer, comes close to the sort of shuffle I’ve grown to love from Thomas Fehlmann.
Protofuse has created his own language with this short EP. Underneath the surface level beats, there’s quite a bit happening. This requires deep listening to notice every single nuanced sound Julien Bayle’s packed into such a small space.