Shed, Remixes


Artwork by Kris Kuksi

[Ostgut Ton]


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With an album as critically lauded and widely admired as Shed’s debut, Shedding the Past, it’s expected that DJs and fans alike would clamor for an EP of remixes. The only question remaining is, what took so long? Of course, simply enjoying Ostgut Ton’s consistently top notch releases has always been more rewarding than second guessing; this well considered “Remixes” platter is certainly worth the wait.

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I can scarcely think of more capable hands to remix Ostgut’s most rhythmically ambitious artist than Martyn, a rising star of dubstep and techno’s shared territories, and the recently resurgent Surgeon. The latter coerces “The Lower Upside Down” to bang harder at the behest of a brisk 4×4 kick and astringent hi-hats. And by shuffling original arrangements and supressing ethereal pads under an array of abrasive filters, Surgeon exorcises the despair in “The Lower” on dingy dance floors. Although Martyn’s stepping drum patterns retool “Another Wedged Chicken” for dubstep DJs’ purposes, the goopy, oscillating progression and shine of trembling cymbals remain at its core. If anything, his remix is more buoyant than the original: The stodgy vocals reciting the title carry listeners over each lunging measure, and warped eddies appear from nowhere, ensuring no one escapes its bucking rhythms too quickly. “Remixes” could have filled out a 2×12″ collection easily, but Surgeon and Martyn made the most of their revisions and mark Ostgut Ton’s first foray into dubstep as a rousing success. Are there more in the pipeline? Stay tuned.

Joe H  on March 23, 2009 at 4:35 AM

I couldn’t get into the Martyn remix, I think it was the vocals that put me off. Was a little dissapointed by this remix package.

chris  on March 23, 2009 at 8:26 PM

I haven’t made up my mind as to if I’m totally in love with this remix package or disappointed. The Surgeon remix kills, but I wish more of the original tune were in there. It seems like bits were put in so that it could be considered a remix, but Surgeon’s production, to me, doesn’t really relate to the source material at all.

As for Martyn’s, its the opposite. Again a good tune, but I feel like besides the vocal (which I find pretty funny and don’t mind) it’s not all that different.

Trackbacks

Little White Earbuds » Little White Earbuds March Charts  on April 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM

[…] Records] (buy) 07. The Mountain People, “Mountain007.1″ [Mountain People] (buy) 08. Shed, “Another Wedged Chicken” (Martyn’s 131 remix) [Ostgut Tonträger] (buy) 09. DJ Koze, “Spitzer Group” [LWE] 10. Loco Dice, […]

Little White Earbuds » And Charts For All - March  on April 4, 2009 at 1:00 PM

[…] 11. The Detroit Experiment, “Think Twice” (Mark E Pressure Dub) [Juno Records] 12. Shed, “Another Wedged Chicken” (Martyn’s 131 remix) [Ostgut Tonträger] 13. Jay Haze & Ricardo Villalobos, “Mellow Dee” [Contexterrior] […]

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