TAG | Dubstep
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Released by: self-released
Release/catalogue number: 0017
Release date: Aug 3, 2012
Podcast 258: Shed
Words: Shawn Reynaldo
Although we’d like to think that every installment of XLR8R’s weekly podcast series features an artist whose work is well worth listening to, we do recognize that not every mix we post will qualify for must-listen status with our entire audience. That being said, this week’s podcast comes from Shed (a.k.a. Rene Pawlowitz), and should be considered an exception to the rule. Fresh off the release of his new album, The Killer, the German producer has put together an exclusive mix, the consumption of which should be required for each and every XLR8R reader. Over the past decade, Shed has been fine tuning his dark and dubby sound, perfecting an aesthetic that’s rooted in techno, but also branches into bits of house, garage, and various other facets of the electronic spectrum. Much of this exploratory work has been done via Shed’s litany of pseudonyms, something he was kind enough to break down for us in detail just a few weeks back. It’s a good thing that he did, because while there aren’t any official Shed productions in the podcast tracklisting (save for a single remix), several of his other aliases do make an appearance. Weaving those contributions together with an interesting assortment of rare, early-’90s cuts and a handful of more current offerings, Shed has assembled a potent hour-long mix that largely consists of thundering warehouse techno. Full of sharp, metallic synths and blunt, cavernous beats, the podcast is surprisingly short on nuance and finely detailed minutiae. In truth, it’s a bit relentless, albeit in a way that’s undeniably immersive and hypnotic. It appears that Shed wants our attention, and he’s certainly got it.
01 Ether “Spiritool” (Phono)
02 Bandshell “Rise Em” (Hessle Audio)
03 The Traveller “A100″ (Ostgut Ton)
04 Maurizio “Ploy (Strategic Mix)” (Maurizio)
05 Basic Soul Unit “Soulspeak (Shed Remix)” (Dolly)
06 True False “Do While” (If Else)
07 Resistor “#32500432″ (Operation Amplified)
08 EQD “#005B” (Equalized)
09 Untold “Caslon” (Hemlock)
10 EQD “#005A” (Equalized)
11 Wax “30303B” (Wax)
12 War Easy Made “#1″
13 Futurhythm “Phuture2″ (Tresor)
14 DJ Joost & Flux “Hydr(o)remix” (Phono)
15 Amanda Splitt “Bearing the Sun” (Pimped)
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Prolific producer Kouhei Matsunaga’s ‘Dance Classics Vol.I’ LP documents his more dance oriented material, as seen from his sets with Sensational and also his other techno project NHK. Not feeling tied down to one genre, Matsunaga nestles in the PAN roster, and however that isn’t to say that he is dance per se as witnessed from his recent collaborations with Conrad Schnitzler. The album focuses more on bass/base electronics, music for the dancefloor and/or altered state reflection. Having composed pieces for WDR based on Henry Chopin, Kouhei is equally at ease jamming with Sensational, whilst simultaneously executing a obsessively numerical sequence of dance pieces that borders on Hanne Darboven-like compulsivity.
Born in Osaka, Kouhei Matsunaga is a musician and an illustrator. He started drawing during childhood under the influence of his grandfather. He grew up listening to hardcore-techno and hip hop, studied architecture and has been mainly making music since 1992. Under many different aliases (NHK, NHKyx, Internet Magic, Koyxen) he has released numerous albums on labels such as Skam Records, Wordsound, Raster Noton and his first ever album “Upside Down” on Mille Plateaux in 1998. He has also collaborated with artists like Merzbow, Jungle Brothers’ Sensational, Autechre’s Sean Booth, Mika Vainio, Conrad Schnitzler, Anti Pop Consorium’s High Priest, Rudolf Eb.er, Puppetmastaz crew, Asmus Tietchens, Ralf ‘RLW’ Wehowsky and so on. His own label Flying Swimming was founded in 2002 with the main purpose being to publish and curate events of experimental contemporary music and art.
The LP is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g vinyl and comes in a poly-lined inner sleeve. It is packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silk screened pvc sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.
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Music by Kouhei Matsunaga. Video by Takuya Dairiki.
‘Dance Classics Vol.I’ LP (PAN 24)
4. http://www.last.fm/music/Yppah/_/Film Burn Featuring Anomie Belle (Kwes Remix)
5. Speech Debelle – I’m With It (Lapalux Remix)
6. http://www.last.fm/music/Neil+Landstrumm/_/Shit Daddy Bass (Ft. Carlton Killawatt)
NEIL LANDSTRUMM is with no doubt one of the big heroes of techno. With several albums and uncountable singles released on renowned labels like Tresor, Peacefrog and Planet µ, he has definitely written techno history. And this does not even count in his own label Scandinavia, which released music of high prolific techno artists such as Cristian Vogel, Tobias Schmidt, Adam X and many more.
Although having produced his first records in the early nineties NEIL LANDSTRUMM is in no way an old school producer! He has produced a few top notch dubstep records in the last years (released on planet µ) and is just now being one of the producers pushing the boundaries of the post dubstep UK Bass sound and is also being featured on the NONPLUS label being run by no one else but BODDIKA.
For KILLEKILL NEIL has recently delivered a handful of tracks which combine his typical dirty techno sound with the aesthetics of Dubstep and UK Bass. Extremely funky and with a big drop of acid they fit perfectly to the sound of our label. For our podcast series he has offered this massive piece of pure and raw techno recorded live from his machine park.
Check out the release on KILLEKILL:
KILLEKILL 006 | NEIL LANDSTRUMM – NIGHT TRAIN EP (snippets) by KILLEKILL
BUY the record:
KILLEKILL 006 NEIL LANDSTRUMM – NIGHT TRAIN EP (available from 30th Jan 2012)
“I’ve done no mixes at all to date, the only one being b2b with synkro on the ‘Red Bull’ music academy website but that was a d’n’b mix, so this is my 1st published mix I have made to date” – June 2010
Indigo is an artist that has an integrity and deepness to his work that guarantees him a long and prosperous career in music. Championed by the likes of D-Bridge, Dj Flight, Illum Sphere, Headhunter & James Blake.
Indigo’s own label Mindset is at the vanguard of the future dub-tech sound, sound, with several debuts from the likes of Narcossist/Kowton, XxXy , Hatti Vatti, HxDb, and Andro+Dimit.
FULL SHOW HERE —-> http://electronicexplorations.org/?sh…
This playlist is comprised of 32 tracks of some of the most forward-thinking UK music. The music that has been made in the UK in the last year or so has been truly exciting as genre boundaries seem to have been forgotten, and a constant stream of tracks comprised of post-dubstep, future garage, acid techno, techno, and a load of other stuff, way too hard to categorise, looks set to continue coming out of the UK.
2. Mount+Kimbie/_/Serged (FaltyDL+remix)
As long-standing fans of Spatial, we’ve had the chance to watch this guy’s productions go from good to insane. When you’re at the level he’s at now, filling two thirds of a mix with your own dubs is actually the best thing you can do. And it’s exactly what he’s done for us, weaving ten brand new productions around further exclusives from Jamie Grind, Kingthing and xxxy among others.
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