Erik & Fiedel, Nous Sommes MMM


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Every once in a while a record comes along that changes things entirely. OK, perhaps MMM’s Donna, first released in 1997, didn’t quite change electronic music as we know it, but it was a deliciously raucous slice of near-perfect raved-up techno. Erik (Errorsmith) and Fiedel are hardly a prolific duo, releasing only their fourth record, Nous Sommes MMM, two years after their third and a full 13 years after Donna. What they lack in quantity of tunes they most assuredly make up for in the quality of their productions, which will all but transform any club environment into a dusty old warehouse located on the outskirts of town.

“Nous Sommes MMM” is decidedly simply yet extremely effective. Consisting of little-to-no percussion aside from a couple of tambourine hits and a pummeling kick drum, it ratchets up the tension with filtered white noise and a slurring, grimy synth line. It keeps on building until it finally collapses under its own weight, resulting in a wash of white noise and, of course, an air horn (wouldn’t be a rave without one, eh?). “Let’s Git It On” opts for more of a groove and is primed for capable DJs’ hands (as exhibited on Fiedel’s recent and excellent Wax Treatment podcast). Hand-claps, a frenetic ride cymbal and a gritty bass line mingle with a shrill rave lead being pitched up and down, playing things a bit more straightforward than the A but achieving the same amount of madness. The records coming out of the Hard Wax camp tend to be on the reserved side, but MMM have been making noisy techno/electro hybrids better than almost anyone else for over a decade. Nous Sommes MMM is another fine chapter in that story.

peder  on April 2, 2010 at 7:39 AM

think the honest jon’s review sums this up most aptly for me: “vous êtes kidding”

cz  on April 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Oh god. What garbage. This is so clearly aimed at the Beatport market it’s not even funny. Well, Soundhack was always the more talented of the smith n hack teamup anyway. This record is already my choice for “horrible track that too many DJs played at Movement 2010” and that hasn’t even happened yet. I can feel it though.

littlewhiteearbuds  on April 2, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Aimed at the Beatport market? Have you seen what’s popular on Beatport these days? It sure isn’t this. And it’s a vinyl only release!

tom/pipecock  on April 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM

it is available on Beatport right now, in fact.

i think c0 and i might need to quit hanging out, i swear to god i was about to post the exact same comments he did.

littlewhiteearbuds  on April 2, 2010 at 10:27 AM

I stand corrected on the digital-only point. Even still, making music in the same style as they have since the late 90’s suggests they didn’t have an mp3 retail experience in mind when making it.

cz  on April 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM

“Have you seen what’s popular on Beatport these days? It sure isn’t this”

actually, i just listened to the current beatport top 10, and many of them feature very similar timbral pallettes to the cuts on mmm4. the whole air-raid siren thing has been huge on beatport on more occasions than i can count.

“nous sommes” reminds me of the horrible bastard offspring of “meet her at the love parade”, “total departure” and (sorry tom) “sandstorm”.

dan  on April 3, 2010 at 3:59 AM

“feature very similar timbral pallettes to the cuts on mmm4”

oh come off it. this is great. you really can’t distinguish this from Sandstorm????

cz  on April 5, 2010 at 12:57 AM

@dan – i never said i couldn’t distinguish it from “sandstorm”. re-read my comment. perhaps if you can’t distinguish yourself from your father you can be forgiven for misunderstanding me. but i distinctly said “the bastard offspring.” go listen to that da hool track i mention, and then tell me what “nous somme” doesn’t have in common with it. i’m pointing out the similarities, dig?

What do you think makes this a better track than “sandstorm” or the others i mentioned, or, hell, anything off the Tribal/Twisted labels from the late 90s early 00s? Murk, Funky Green Dogs, Greg-O, Oscar G & Ralph Falcon, etc. etc. etc. All that big room club crap that I was tired of the first time I heard it.


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