DJ Sprinkles & Mark Fell know house music. It is in their blood. Try all they might to create electro-acoustic hell scape in their day jobs, their beginnings shall always be in house music. After years of disuse the DJ Sprinkles moniker has been brought back over the past few years. Mark Fell has decided to embrace his house side with Sensate Focus, which always peered out of his productions, whether it be SND’s Tender Love or his own solo material.
Complete Spiral begins with what sounds like a Ultra-Red inspired track. Actually I like the juxtaposition of the speaker to this decadent house music. Unfortunately the thing sinks a bit with the ‘Hee-Haw Mix’ version of the song. This middle track feels rather flat to me. ‘Complete Spiral’ ends it a Mark Fell ‘Sensate Focus’ feel to it. All the glittering chords give away Mark’s heavy involvement in the track. DJ Sprinkles helps to smooth the thing out.
I like this EP however I feel the two collaborators take away from what makes the other special. Mark works better with punchier beats and a bit freer edits. DJ Sprinkles on the other hand tends to go for hooky, downright caressing deep bass lines. As a result they sort of ‘tone down’ what makes their music sound so unique. Hooks are reduced as the beats are smoothed out. This is by no means a bad EP but rather an example of how collaboration can limit the individual sense of self.