Thursday, June 24, 2010

shed to release new album in august: 'the traveller'

one of berlin's absolute finest, shed (aka rene pawlowitz), will release his sophomore LP, the traveller, on ostgut ton august 30!

pawlowitz has used a handful of aliases (and labels) through which to put out his music, but his biggest splash in the edm world was, without a doubt, his debut full-length album, shedding the past, released on ostgut in 2008. the album is an hour-long take on 4/4 techno with swinging breakbeat and dubstep rhythms, all topped with gorgeous, melancholy atmospherics... it was considered by many to be one of the best of 2008, and it is definitely a personal favorite of mine.

last week, shed's website posted a small essay discretely announcing something new for the producer, as well as discussing how techno has operated - and should operate - in a full-length album format. a techno album "has to be more substantial than a paint-box for your euphoric memories of perfect nights long gone."

sure enough: today, resident advisor revealed a tracklist and the august 30th release date for the traveller. all signs point to another album approachable via either the dance floor or the living room. right now, i personally feel that the most recent ostgut ton LP, marcel dettmann's dettmann, was a bit of a disappointment. i've been awaiting the next full-length move by the berlin-based label, and i definitely have high hopes for the traveller!

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