Seelow ‎– TFE XX4 [TFEXX4]

Fuelled on late ‘90s Detroit, Berlin and Brummie techno vibes, Seelow ‎aka Shen aka René Pawlowitz turns up the infectious, latinate 909s and stealthy chord build of TFExx4A recalling his earliest aces on the Stronghold or Opulence 12”s, and likewise with the deeper, percolated bounce of TFxx04B for fans of Female, Regis, Claude Young.

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Seelow ‎– TFE XX4 [TFEXX4]

Head High – Mega Trap [POWERHOUSE505]

Right on cue, Rene Pawlowitz drops another set of Head High bangers just in time for summer. While previous releases from his Power House imprint have been short but sweet affairs, the brilliantly named Megatrap offers a full nine tracks of what Hard Wax have referred to quite concisely as “uplifting Breakbeat Techno in golden 1990s leaning style”. Those who have heard the previous Head High material will know exactly what to expect, but there’s still much excitement to be had in getting stuck into such a sizeable portion of throwback techno, the likes of which are likely to liven up any party. There was never any doubt, but Pawlowitz has done it again.

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Head High – Mega Trap [POWERHOUSE505]

Shed – The Dirt / Fluid 67 [50WEAPONS030]

A new release by René Pawlowitz, regardless if it is as Head High, Wax, EQD, WK7, The Traveller, Shed or any of his other project names, is always big news. “The Dirt / Fluid 67” is the first new Shed release since his fantastic third album “The Killer” on 50 Weapons released in July 2012. The single unites 2 of the main elements of the Shed sound: dry and puristic functional techno on the A-Side and UK rave euphoria on the B-Side.

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Shed – The Dirt / Fluid 67 [50WEAPONS030]

The Traveller – A 100 EP [OSTGUTTON055]

TRAVELLER, The - A 100 EP (Front Cover)

René Pawlowitz aka Shed returns to Ostgut Ton under the new moniker The Traveller and delivers the first 12′ of this new project. Under his new guise Pawlowitz picks up at his roots and delivers a deep techno record made for the floor.The beats on the A-Side ‘A 100’ are fierce, the melodic synth line lifts you up while everything around appears to be burning down. The experimental first track on the B-side ‘BER’ meanders  without beats and full of broken chords  around thatmoment of ecstasy without ever reaching  a break. On  the B-side’s second track ‘Bypass’ René says hello to the techno-heroes,  rolls out a red carpet  and  shows them what he has learned.

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The Traveller – A 100 EP [OSTGUTTON055]

Shed – The Praetorian [50WEAPONS017]

Shed’s 50Weapons debut. He’s created something completely unique; rather than boom, the rhythm of “The Praetorian” pulsates, taking a metronomic, sand-dry snare and combining it with an undulating pad melody with a distinctly dreamy quality. “RQ-170” meanwhile ticks along with the head-nodding rhythm of dubstep, utilising bass frequencies almost below the range of hearing, while a snarling rasp burrows through the track’s centre.

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Shed – The Praetorian [50WEAPONS017]

Shed – The Traveller [OSTGUTCD014]

One of the most cherished artists in the Ostgut family, Shed returns with his sophomore album “The Traveller”.  It’s a more subtle and perhaps more confident record than Shedding The Past,  taking in austere dub minimalism (‘The Bot’), gauzy ambient interludes (‘STP 2′), imperious acid techno (‘My R-Class’), and, on closing track ‘Leave Things’, a kind of scuffed, ecstatic jungle reminiscent of Aphex Twin’s ‘Polynomial-C’. FACT’s Kiran Sande called up Pawlowitz in Berlin to discuss the LP, and the unlikely debt it owes to the Pet Shop Boys…”

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Shed – The Traveller [OSTGUTCD014]