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Renowned for making some of the most powerful and colourful techno around, René Pawlowitz released his fourth long player as Shed in March 2017. Entitled ‘The Final Experiment’ and released through Modeselektor’s Monkeytown label, the album is backed up by an astounding visual show from Transforma, who have previously worked with Apparat. For their collaboration with Shed they have created an urban themed image stream by using a mix of filming, photocopier, re-projection and hand animation techniques. Pawlowitz’s recording career began via Hard wWax. The Berlin record store was the first one willing to take a chance on his Soloaction label when he moved to the city in 2002. He’s paid tribute ever since, both musically and literally. He’s a devotee of early rave and hardcore and his modern dance-floor updates of the sound as EQD, WAX and Head High have inspired an uncommon fervor and even more uncommon Discogs prices once they inevitably sell out. It’s under the name Shed, however, that he’s found success in the album format. Following 2008′s Shedding The Past and 2010′s The Traveller, both released via Ostgut Ton, his 2012 album The Killer for Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons imprint, was a distillation of his modernist nostalgic sound. The Final Experiment appears five years later and, predictably, it more than justifies the epic wait. Hugely evocative, brilliantly produced and packed full of sublime moments, it sees Pawlowitz supplement his off-kilter techno sounds with a string of wonderfully emotion-rich, downtempo explorations.
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