"A Shell Of Speed" was first revealed during the final stages of Function's Berghain 07, and was a standout selection on a standout mix. It recalls a few similar high-definition bombs, not least Svreca's "Mountain Splitter" from earlier this year. Both can leave a lasting impression on clubbers, with the potential, if used wisely, to be defining tracks of the night. This makes A Shell Of Speed a must-buy for techno DJs.
The rest of A Shell Of Speed comprises percussive deep techno in the tried-and-tested Northern Electronics style. "Red Pool" and "Crossing Qalandiya" are particularly heady, both built with chugging low-end and stuttering rhythms, and sprinkled with a collage of spacey sounds. "Ador Tracers" is more upbeat, and perhaps the second-furthest thing from deep techno in the package. It gives off an intangible punkish feel that's hard to attribute to a particular element, but probably has to do with its clanging drums and what sounds like vocals reverbed into oblivion. The past few years have seen Rashim become something of a background figure, stepping into the shadows while the likes of Varg and Acronym garner attention from techno circles. Packages like A Shell Of Speed remind us that he's still a deep techno master with plenty to say.