Review: Deuce (Shed & Dettmann) – Deuce EP


Label: Ostgut Tonträger
Catalog#: o-ton25


A: Twerp Wiz

B1: Guttering

B2: Cue Ed

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Being colleagues at the Hard Wax store, playing each others material since day one, Marcel Dettmann and René Pawlowitz (Shed) team up on Ostgut Tonträger to deliver one of the roughest vinyls since the last British Murder Boys.

A production duo that most people probably thought would result in a very soulful but at the same time gritty and rough sound, reduces that sound into its most bare essentials. Leaning more towards the hard british techno, perhaps a sibling to Anthony Child and Karl O’Connor, Dettmann and Shed still manage to put through their own sense of techno into the tracks – especially in the very aware structure on ‘Twerp Wiz’, the Fengler-11am-white-label sound of ‘Guttering’, as well as Shed’s otherworldy snares and patterns on ‘Cue Ed’.

At first I was a bit shocked about the sound of the record. ‘Twerp Wiz’ sounded extremely hard at the first listen, ‘Guttering’ proved to resemble some sanity of the same sound and ‘Cue Ed’ made me relax – that familiar sound was there. After a few listens I realized that both ‘Twerp Wiz’ and ‘Guttering’ was a sound I had been looking for, for a very long time too. I realized not only the bravery to put out a record like this on a label that “should” resemble a sound that both Dettmann and Shed have been working hard on, but also that this might be a “new” direction for them both.

‘Twerp Wiz’ is a cerebral-pounding and noise-acidic, dusty and gritty horror techno track that features every element you want when you are still awake at 11:00. The beat throws itself down to the elapsing and alien “melody” that has only small progression which makes the energy constant for the whole 8 minutes. A small breather of a break is there though, only to remind you of just how crazy the track is.

Things get a bit slower and more spacious with ‘Guttering’. The same tense feeling of eruption is still here though, but the beat lets other elements in, which creates the same feeling as ‘Twerp Wiz’ only at a slower pace and more distinct industrial sense.

‘Cue Ed’ shows another side of the collaboration, where Shed’s trademark snare punctures the jittery percussion only to push the reduced atmosphere further into a state of extreme self awareness.

The record is made for proper fans only.

3 Responses to “Review: Deuce (Shed & Dettmann) – Deuce EP”

  1. 1 sma June 1, 2009 at 20:40

    great write-up. i saw that record two weeks ago as part of the ostgut ton cover gallery that is displayed in the entrance hall of berghain, which kind of made me smile, as it wasn’t even released yet by that time. 😉

  2. 2 Steve June 1, 2009 at 22:19

    I’m pleased we arrived at roughly the same conclusion, especially this line: “The record is made for proper fans only.”

    My review is up tomorrow on LWE.

  3. 3 thefuturistmusic June 2, 2009 at 12:26

    thanks for your nice comments! I got it quite early from Marcel himself, but I thought I’d wait for the retail to arrive before I reviewed it – since it’s so good!

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