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Shedding the Past Shed

Just like his album title’s awful pun suggests, Shed desires to set forth techno that retains the “purity” and energy of the music’s past without presenting a nostalgia trip. Our avatar often fails that lofty goal but he still produces decent rhythms to fade into any desktop DJ’s minimal techno mix. “Boose-Sweep” skids to an agile groove of shoe-brushing hi-hats, and “That Beats Everything!” (whose title probably reads better in German) stomps at a Red Army parade pace. More ambient tracks are needed since our man has a sharp ear for vivid, gaseous synth textures on “Slow Motion Replay,” which is a fine relief from the fireside yuppie-pop of “Estrange.”

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