Review: Given that it's been five years since Shed man Rene Pawlowitz last put out a Head High record, this expansive new EP feels like a genuine event release - in techno circles, at least. Interestingly, he seems to have packed away the banging, piano-driven techno thumpers of old, instead delivering a quintet of cuts that explore a wider range of interconnected old school influences. "Set Me Free", for example, sees the experienced producer wrap rush-inducing chords and distant female vocal samples around a deep but booming, hardcore-influenced groove, while closing set "Hardcore" sits somewhere between vintage UK rave music and the polyrhythmic exploits of Livity Sound and Hodge. Other highlights include the off-kilter, head-in-the-clouds shimmer of "Virtual Girl" and the ghostly broken techno snappiness of "Higher The Break".
Review: Keeping up with Rene "Shed" Pawlowitz's many aliases is almost a full-time job in itself. Here, he dons the WK7 guise last used in 2012 for an EP that happily joins the dots between the sensual shuffle of house, and the rigid thump of techno. A-side "Washer" leads the way, with curious synth refrains and off-kilter electronics riding a delightfully bumpin', extra-percussive, 125 BPM groove. Flipside "More Music" successfully doffs a cap to vintage US and UK garage - feel the swing of those beats, with the added intensity of his usual techno kicks - with warm chords and vocal samples emphasizing the classic inspirations.