The Traveller

Ultimae records

SHED | The Traveller (Ostgut Ton) – CD

The Traveller


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“Does techno music really need the album format ? Let’s put it differently: can techno work outside the established boundaries of the 12” ? A look back into history shows little convincing examples. Dancefloor tracks, made for DJ’s, follow a structure which require a damn perfect dancefloor in your living room in order to adequately absorb that very energy. A good album must offer more than a couple of dancefloor anthems, mixed with some ambient interludes and the obligatory downbeat experiment, has to be more substantial than a paint-box for your euphoric memories of perfect nights long gone.

With The Traveller, Shed’s second album for Ostgut Ton, the Berlin-based producer is proving everybody wrong who gave up on the idea of the techno album. The Traveller is not the perfectly planned out escape into the safe haven where even more perfect tools worship the primetime DJ, but an ode to the heart of electronic dance music, still pumping loud and vigorous. For Shed, that very heartbeat was never clearer, more concise and genre-defining than in the UK in the early 90s. Detroit, Chicago, Berlin: get in line, you’ve had your time. Needless to say that Shed is not in this to become the copycat of some of rave music’s perfect key moments. Shed translates this clearly defined time frame into an attitude, which up to this day opens both our hearts and ears in the blinking of an eye. The Traveller is not another chapter in the ongoing history of the “anything goes” cult, not an overcooked stew praising the power of eclecticism, but simply an example of untaimed fascination for sound. And possibilities. Frankly, Shed masters this almost naive approach perfectly and slaps the guards of the status quo straight in the face.”

Thaddeus Herrmann


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