Posts Tagged 'Shed'

Review: Shed – The Traveller

Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: OSTGUTCD14

Tracklist:

1. STP 2
2. Keep Time
3. The Bot
4. Atmo – Action
5. 44A (Hard Wax forever!)
6. …Can’t Feel It.
7. Mayday
8. No Way!
9. HDRTM
10. My R-Class
11. Final Experiment
12. The Traveller
13. Hello Bleep!
14. Leave Things

Recommended!

Review of the CD version.

Head strong and confident, Shed delivers an album that is far more atmospheric and abstract than his previous work. Even though there has been a big turn in the actual output, the constant feeling of energy has gotten more room from ‘Shedding The Past’, and fills ‘The Traveller’ album up with a lot of inspiration and thought. As told by himself previously, Shed tries to “go back” to his own roots when making these tracks, drawing inspiration without nostalgia from that time.

An important aspect of this album, is the fact that it’s not so much of a “techno album” in a generalized sense, but rather a formula that delivers its emotions in a very advanced way. Combined with the melodies that differ a lot from each other, Shed delivers also advanced beats and structured patterns – something that has also been taken into a new level. Cravling and constant developing excursions are present on the more ambient pieces, reaching highlight with ‘Leave Things’ as well as the important ‘The Bot’ and equally heavy ‘Keep Time’ made to put the emphasis on the beats.

With the broad spectrum of styles and tastes, it’s hard to pin down the favorites. There are always a special moment in every track, there’s always details or shifts in the music to look out for, something Shed has managed to make the listener abide to.

‘The Traveller’ will be released on August 30th.

My favorite tracks:

Leave Things

Atmo – Action

44A (Hard Wax Forever!)

Shed a Light

When it comes to full range, dynamic and prosperous atmospheres, René Pawlowitz seems to create his magnum opus with every new release; with an important note, that his use of different aliases for all of his styles have an equally big impact on the scenes they turn to.

In 2008, the ‘Shedding The Past’ album was released on Ostgut Ton as the first album from René, put under the Shed name that derives from the album title. Although the album itself had a huge impact due to it’s many rooted tracks and moods, there was also the sense of an album not following any concept.

“STP was kind of a compilation, that is true. All these tracks were made in 3 years around 2006-08.”

With ‘Shedding The Past’, the different tracks and moods created a very unique sound, not really following any traditional structures usually found within his closer producer friends. Drawing inspiration from a lot of different styles, René seems to be able to combine these into his own sound – which is highly regarded as one of a kind.

“It’s coming from the days where UK-Hardcore was growing up. When Carl Craig as BFC or Piece and Kevin Saunderson as Tronik House still made good tracks… long time ago……”

“For “The Traveller” it was more a creating of a long player. All the tracks are only made for this album. The album grew from track to track. This album is very contiguous. It’s maybe more made for listening it at home.”

As with most of Shed’s productions, all of the tracks on ‘The Traveller’ share a constant continuation of pure energy, that seems to bind together not only the rhythm and structure, but also the soul and honesty. There is a huge emotive impact that can’t be denied in the productions, especially when they are played in the right environment.

“The melody. The simple melody… constant repeating. Easy construction. No arty-farty or constructed breaks.”

Do you think it’s possible to combine the attitude and sounds from Equalized, Wax, Shed and The Panamax Project into an album?

“Yes, definitely. As you can hear. Hopefully….. Hahaha! 🙂 No, actually not. Because EQD or Wax – tracks are made for the floor, for dj’s. This album is not made for dj’s. All the tracks are very short and not formulated. 2 things why the dj’s of today will/can’t play it.”

Review: Planetary Assault Systems – Remixes

Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: o-ton31

A: X Speaks To X – Appleblim & Al Tourettes Remix

B: Hold It – Deuce Remix

Recommended!

With Planetary Assault Systems (PAS) highly experimental album ‘Temporary Suspension’ released on Ostgut, there were no doubt about a remix 12″ following it later on.

As the Ostgut crew reaches out to new artists to come and play in their club, new remixers joins in and create a new take on already established Berghain performers. Al Tourettes and Appleblim takes the heavy ‘X Speaks To X’ from the album, and transform it into something that is very hard to narrow down into a genre – it’s highly influenced and very rough, but at the same time remotely close to dubstep and techno. This remix is very impressive in almost every regard; being very unexpected as a remix on PAS, Appleblim and Al Tourettes takes ‘X Speak To X’ into a new dimension.

Deuce on the other hand bring their raw and extremely reduced sound into PAS original of ‘Hold It’ – a standout track on the album. With only one release as a duo, Deuce manage to fuse early days techno with the raw aspects of the present which is clearly the case with this remix. Featuring just a few elements from the original, they put in their own groove with a steady beat and manage to create a very sublime but also displaying a powerful, distinct and fresh sound.

‘Remixes’ is out in late November.

Review: WAX – Dub Shed Sessions I

Label: SubSolo
Catalog#: sub005

Tracklist:

A: Dub Shed – STP Remix

B: 10001B – Panamax Mix

Recommended!

Displaying his excellent production skills within techno, Shed moves over to straight up dub sessions with the ‘Dub Shed Sessions I’ on SubSolo.

Fierce bass meditative drops circles around the excellent atmospheric keyboard patterns, combined in a way that sounds both fresh and unique, but still rating 100% on Shed’s own trademark sound. Leaning towards a bit of contemporary straight dub techno with ‘Dub Shed – STP Remix’, the focus is on a more direct and present take on the tracks progression, rather than inviting the listener into an already set-up wall of sound. Shaking off the melody from the centre, the spacious patterns reveal themselves as the extreme basslines comes in, removing all doubt about the direction of the track.

Taking the very straight up techno track from ‘WAX No. 10001’ B side, Shed displays yet another moniker(?) as Panamax, fusing the same linear groove from the original but taking the tempo down to inhumane tempo and filling the already colourful spectrum with wide percussion and even more slow building electric synthesizer swirls.

Time might tell how well this record works, but at the first listen, it’s something that feels a bit strange coming from Shed (yet, at the same time not).

Review: WAX No. 20002

Label: WAX
Catalog#: No. 20002

Tracklist:

A: Untitled

B: Untitled

Following three excellent white labels on Equalized and Wax, Shed delivers the second one in the latter.

Bringing in a more house groove to the tracks, his trademark aesthetics and funk gets a more distinct groove. Being a close follower of his releases, the A-side resembles the most of his previous material. The cut up percussion and drums fills up by a heavy but yet underlying bass that fills the entire spectrum in the wall of sound. A feeling of oldschool is hard to avoid, but the track does something new at the same time, being both distinct but yet to be pinpointed.

As for the B-side, the house influence is not hard to feel. A slow piano swirls around combined with Shed’s undefinable sound structures and easy percussion. The intensity in the track is always present, but when the beat kicks in, the energy that gets released makes it a candidate for the track of the year.

Wax No. 20002 is only available in the physical Hard Wax store.

Review: Deuce (Shed & Dettmann) – Deuce EP

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Label: Ostgut Tonträger
Catalog#: o-ton25

Tracklist:

A: Twerp Wiz

B1: Guttering

B2: Cue Ed

Buy here

Recommended!

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.

Chart: February 2009

1. Shed – Live at The Office, 14 Feb 2009 – Part 2

2. Fever Ray – When I Grow Up – We Grow Apart Inspiration by Pär Grindvik / Rabid

3. Ben Klock – Subzero / Ostgut Tonträger

4. Peter Van Hoesen – Above 90 / Time To Express

5. Shed – Live at The Office, 14 Feb 2009 – Part 1

6. Radio Slave – Koma Koma / Rekids

7. Ben Klock – Grip / Ostgut Tonträger

8. Martyn – Elden St. / 3024

9. Unknown – Hubble / Thriller

10. Peter Van Hoesen – Attribute One – MLZ Remix / Time To Express

Live at The Office with Shed

04:00-05:20

1. Marcel Dettmann – Shena – T++ Remix
2. 76-79 – Six Ten
3. Second Phase – Mentasm – Redshape CTX Mix
4. Population One – Rush Hour – Rolando Mix
5. Surgeon – Floorshow Part 2 B2
6. Gowentgone – Ibex – Marcel Fengler Mix
7. Unknown – Seldom Felt 3 A
8. Unknown – Seldom Felt 2 B
9. Shed – Another Wedged Chicken
10. Mike Dehnert – A3
11. Frozen Border – FB01A
12. Norman Nodge – NN8.0
13. Len Faki – My Black Sheep – Marcel Dettmann Mix
14. Radio Slave – Grindhouse Tool (was requested, hehe)
15. Seldom Felt – Seldom Felt 1 A
16. G-Man – Quo Vadis
17. Don Williams – Orderly Kaos
18. Ron Trent – Altered States
19. Substance & Vainqueur – Emerge – British Murder Boys Mix 2
20. EQD – Equalized 002 B

Sorry for the sloppy mixing and transitions, had been awake for over 30 hours when I went on, so my hands we’re a bit shaky.

Enough with the excuses, hope you like it!

Review: STP – The Fall Remixes

Label: Subsolo
Catalog#: sub04

Tracklist:
A: T++ Remix

B: Peverelist Remix

Buy here

Recommended!

T++ and Peverelist are key producers of the music I like, they always push things into what seems limitless directions, throwing in so much energy in the productions that it’s unbelieveable.

Here they remix Shed’s first release on the Subsolo label, that under the moniker of STP got released two years ago, which of course is one of my favorite tracks. The T++ remix is a heavy weight monster that fills the sound spectrum with industrial distortion and noise, combined with broken and delayed snares and percussion, fitted together with a hardcore-ish bassline and subtle synth variations that comes in from every direction. Weird sound structure that blasts it’s way into the heart of sound from 2009.

Peverelist expands the sorrow in the original track, filling it with a electric and excentric synthline, that adapts to the wall of sound and takes the track into a whole new level. Panned out and spacious percussion and improvised-like noises remains close to the bassline that lies at a more subtle state in comparsion to the A-side. The focus is instead on the melody, that as well as the original is a class of it’s own with it’s ever-growing state and no compromise techno-fuel, brings in a sense of what to expect from the promised combination of Shed and Peverelist.

Excellent release, you need to get this!