Shed does jungle.
In short, pretty well. Pawlowitz, of course, knows how to create the singular tones of the best jungle. His breaks are crisp, his bass is bulky. The moods, in a classic mode, blend hope, dread and melancholia. "HOOVER A" is the rave-ready cut. It smothers the breaks with classic Shedisms—detuned chords, a disembodied female vocal sample—and generates plenty of momentum. But there's a lingering sense of hesitancy in the rhythm, as if he can't quite submit to jungle's wild nature. This is also true of the more reflective "HOOVER B," which is admittedly aiming for restraint and class, but lacks some of the fluidity and rough edges that makes tracks in this style pop. There's plenty to admire here, but a little of the mania Pawlowitz found exploring hardcore could have pushed the release from good to great.