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Monday, August 23, 2010

SHED - The Traveller

SHED - The Traveller (OSTGUT) Comentários: 'The Traveller' is simply the most anticipated techno album of the year, and probably one of its best. It's yet another pristine example of René Pawlowitz's dilated dancefloor scope, sourcing influences from '90s UK techno and hardcore to explore new routes around the signature 4/4 pulse of Berlin dance music. As with his massively acclaimed predecessor 'Shedding The Past', Shed seems completely at ease with the album format, offering a range of deadly, yet often brief ideas which add up to a personal and nostalgic comment on techno in 2010. That spirit of pre-'94 jungle and hardcore is written deeply through cuts like 'Leave Things', which initially sounds like a Japanese Telecom track before bursting into into a truly magnificent 'ardcore head rush, and then there's the vintage Reload-esque construction of 'Atmo - Action' and the hyperactive mentasms of 'No Way!' just in case you had any doubts about what makes this guy buzz. And in case if you were wondering, straight 4/4 tracks do make an appearance, bookending the set with the insistent momentum of 'My R-Class' and the celestial vectors of 'HDRTM', but the best bits are those shorter, dreamy 'ardcore snapshots like the vintage Carl Craig-esque sweep of '44A (Hard Wax Forever)' and the 'Polynomial C' style strings of 'Hello Bleep!'. Needless to say, fans of the previous album should be hugely satisfied, and newcomers should be investigating at the first opportunity. Recommended. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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