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The man of many faces returns home

  • Funster
  • 11 May 2017

It doesn't matter what alias German producer René Pawlowitz dons, it's going to bear a distinctive quality that only he can conjure up. A quick glance at his Discogs page shows that he has a staggering 17 different monikers and those are just the ones that we know about – god knows what else he's been creating in his techno lab.

As WK7 and Head High, he's been releasing high-octane, pulsating house that lives on his own Hardwax-distributed imprint Power House and the name of the label gives you a very good idea of what to expect. Classics like 'Rave' (Dirt Mix) and his unrelenting, club-focused album 'Megatrap' as Head High are geared for the floor and they aren't tracks that trickle into focus, they come thrashing in like a derailed steam train. In a sense, they are perfect tracks that cater for a crowd that want it tough and want it immediately.

As Wax, he's experimented with the dubbier side of house, with basslines that bubble and intricate percussion that's masterfully subdued yet completely on-point. It's testament to Pawlowitz as a producer that he can roll out a track like 'No. 30003 (B)' under his Wax alias, amass over two million plays on YouTube and the majority of the listeners are none the wiser about the producer responsible, instead they argue about what genre in falls into.

That's kind of the point as well. Pawlowitz is one of the most versatile and talented artists in electronic music and with so many aliases and so many sounds, it seems like it's not something he's doing for fame or fortune, he's doing it because he's fucking good at it and whether he knew from the start this was his destiny or not, he was born to do it.

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