Redshape, Paradox Dubs

Illustration by Heike Weber

[Delsin, Present]

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Mysterious German producer Redshape is one of the most impressive examples of a general shift in techno back to classical sounds and styles, and “Paradox Dubs,” released in tandem with his stellar Dance Paradox debut album, will reinforce his reputation as a torchbearer for traditional techno. Even the presentation typifies a purism — and I thought I’d never get to say this — that is welcome against the backdrop of a seemingly infinite slew of paper thinly produced techno. “Paradox Dubs” is available on a limited edition 10″, dished out on a first come, first served basis to customers who buy the vinyl version of the album. Until the next major Redshape project, “Paradox Dubs” also brings a neat, though possibly unwitting sense of closure to his output to date.

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“Dead Space” was the B-side on Redshape’s first Present release, and here the “Next Door Ultra Dub” adds an extra dimension to an already multi-layered arrangement. Recalling the point where rave met Detroit techno’s fathomic, almost austere sensibilities and the more esoteric end of nascent UK bleep techno — in particular to Nexus 21’s productions — the new version factors in thunderous claps and a rolling bass-led rhythm, its drunken swing eschewing any prospect of a DJ-friendly proposition, pushing the production farther down the space techno rabbit hole. “Man Out of Time” is of a similarly ethereal bent, but the “Major Space Dub” version — and the original, but perhaps to a lesser extent — negate any accusations that Redshape is merely a backward-looking copyist. Drafting in T.Raumschmiere’s drummer to play on the lopsided groove, while the man in the red mask plays keys that reach back to early Carl Craig as a reference point, but don’t stop there, and lean equally on Miles Davis and John Coltrane for inspiration. An esoteric, enigmatic and irresistible release, right down to the final bar.

Blaktony  on November 24, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Yep,i have to agree, this is how it’s done (far as me). Mr.Redshape, you’ve just recieved your eastside – Detroit go thru card!!!

Michael  on December 2, 2009 at 9:10 PM

There is something to be said for everything related to Berlin, whether its Hardwax or Berghain, a certain vote of “coolness” for all related artist or labels associated to either two. Its kind of a pity Detroit, Chicago and all things US are about dead along with any hope to bring back what once was or taking this back to where it all started. “Live by the sword, die by the sword”.


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