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It's hard to describe Redshape's music without resorting to the word "classic." Both his grooves and his synthesizers suggest an almost idealized vision of mid-1990s Detroit techno. But using the c-word still feels like a failure of the imagination. (Depending where you stand on the whole "retro" issue, it also might feel like an insult.) For one thing, it's hard to think of many actual Detroit techno albums that actually sound quite like The Dance Paradox, Redshape's debut album.
At the risk of tripping over techno's postmodern pathetic fallacy, Redshape's music, like that of his Detroit inspirations, almost invariably evokes visions of a kind of tarnished futurism. It throws up gleaming, industrial age surfaces and then revels in their decay.