While original Detroit technocrats like Juan Atkins and Derrick May were changing the face of electronic music in the mid-'80s, Richie Hawtin was growing up across the river in Windsor, Ontario. A British native born in 1970, he moved to Canada with his family at the age of nine. Introduced to '70s electronic/minimalist pioneers Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream by his father (who was a robotics engineer for General Motors), Hawtin began DJing at the age of 17 -- as DJ Richie Rich -- and soon landed gigs at Detroit hot-spots like the Shelter and the famed Music Institute, home to all-night club sessions by May and Kevin Saunderson.
His style formed by a fusion of the barest acid house and straitjacket-tight Detroit techno, Richie Hawtin became one of the most influential artists in the world of techno during the 1990s, even while sticking to out-of-date synth dinosaurs like the Roland TB-303 and TR-808. Hawtin combined lean percussion and equally spare acid lines into haunting techno anthems that kicked with more than enough power for the dancefloor while diverting headphone listeners as well. While even his early recordings were quite minimalistic, he streamlined the sound increasingly over the course of his recording career; from the early '90s to the end of the decade, Hawtin's material moved from the verge of the techno mainstream into a yawning abyss of dubbed-out echo-chamber isolationism, often jettisoning any semblance of a bass line or steady beat. Hawtin released material on his own +8 Records under several aliases -- some in tandem with co-founder John Acquaviva -- and made the label one of the best styled in Detroit techno of the 1990s. He earned his pedigrees from worldwide fans of techno for his best-known releases, as Plastikman (for NovaMute) and F.U.S.E. (for Warp/TVT).
The Plastikman project debuted in 1993 with two releases for +8: the seminal "Spastik" single and an album, Sheet One. Hawtin's first wide release, however, came with the alter-ego F.U.S.E. (short for Further Underground Subsonic Experiments). A more varied and melodic project than Plastikman (but not by much), F.U.S.E. released the album Dimension Intrusion for the British Warp Records in late 1993. As part of the label's Artificial Intelligence series, Dimension Intrusion was also licensed to Wax Trax!/TVT for release in America. (Hawtin joined such ambient-techno heroes as the Aphex Twin, Black Dog, Autechre and B12, all receiving their wide-issue debuts.) Later, NovaMute signed an agreement with +8 and another Hawtin-founded label, Probe; Sheet One was reissued in 1994, followed by the second Plastikman LP, Musik. Much more restrained than Sheet One, the album fit in well with the growing ambient-techno movement. All told, Hawtin was responsible for the release of three albums and a good-sized EP in the span of just one year.
That impressive schedule was shattered in 1995, when Hawtin was entangled in a silly U.S.labor law that denied him access with his tools.Refused entrance for more than a year, he lost his inspirational grounding with the Detroit scene and found it difficult to continue recording for his third Plastikman album, Klinik. While he waited for re-entry, Hawtin spent time setting up the sub-label Definitive, and continued to DJ around the world. Though he recorded scattered singles for +8 and related imprints, his only full-length release that year was a killer entry in the Mixmag Live! series, taken from a DJ set recorded at the Building in Windsor. By the time he was able to return to America, he had changed his musical direction and eventually abandoned the Klinik album.
In early 1998, he released his third Plastikman LP, Consumed, which proved to be just as brutally shadowed as the Concept 1 material. The continued experimentalist direction showed Hawtin coming full circle, back to his position on the leading edge of intelligent techno. In May 2000, Hawtin performed at the first Detroit Electronic Festival alongside Derrick May, Juan Atkins and other techno masterminds. More than 200,000 people attended from all over the world.
He spent part of 2002 and 2003 living in New York City, and has since moved to Berlin, Germany.. Hawtin collaborated with choreographer Enzo Cosimi to create a composition called "9.20" for the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. In 2007, Slices DVD magazine launched a series of biographies called "Pioneers of Electronic Music", with the first issue being a roughly 60 minute documentary dedicated to the life of Richie Hawtin. The film follows his career from his early days crossing the border to Detroit to his current life in Berlin, interviewing many colleagues and family members.
Hawtin has recorded music under the aliases Plastikman, F.U.S.E, Concept 1, Circuit Breaker, The Hard Brothers, Hard Trax, Jack Master, and UP!. He also recorded and performed, in combination with other artists, under group names such as 0733, Cybersonik, Final Exposure, Spawn and States Of Mind.
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Plastikman - Consumed ( 98 flac 357mb)
The third in the series of Plastikman albums produced by Richie Hawtin, Consumed is a turn away from the high-bpm, drum-machine mania that characterized much of his its two predecessors, Sheet One (1993) and Musik (1994). The album is an exploration of Plastikman's ambient side and features none of the frantic Detroit techno experiments he was chiefly renowned for at the time. According to Hawtin, 'Consumed' was designed as an exploration of the idea of sonic space, inspired by the vast expanses of Michigan's and Ontario's plains. The album is dominated by extremely sparse basslines and percussion, combined with 'spatial' sound effects, such as reverb, stereo, and delay effects. Ambient techno driven largely by deep, rumbling basslines accentuated with shimmering synth washes and almost subliminal microsound ticks --ambient dark and mysterious in tone.
01 - Contain (8:29)
02 - Consume (11:18)
03 - Passage (In) (0:54)
04 - Cor Ten (6:50)
05 - Convulse (Sic) (1:22)
06 - Ekko (3:55)
07 - Converge (4:24)
08 - Locomotion (8:49)
09 - In Side (12:37)
10 - Consumed (11:43)
11 - Passage (Out) (3:10)
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Richie Hawtin - Decks, EFX and 909 ( 99 flac 378mb)
Decks, EFX and 909 was the next step for Richie Hawtin after his Mixmag live album from 1995 and the increasing minimalism of his subsequent Plastikman material (Consumed ). Hawtin displays not only his talents as a mixer but also as a producer, using turntables, an effects processor, and a Roland pedal, plus a TR-909 drum machine for added beats. An extension of his live sets (though not entirely recorded live), the album employs a degree of improvisation rarely heard on mix albums. The result of Hawtin's obvious labor of love is a mix album that manages to be simultaneously intense and moody, pummeling yet restrained. The beats are clipped and precise,at times, Hawtin has four records spinning at once, and the layers of sound he adds to the show make this album a highly effective techno statement.
01 - Ratio - Early Blow (2:02)
02 - G Flame & Mr. G - Dumped (1:03)
03 - Richard Harvey - User (02) - B2 (1:11)
04 - Richard Harvey - User (04) - A2 (1:04)
05 - Richard Harvey - User (02) - A2 (1:24)
06 - Richard Harvey - User (01) - B2 (1:16)
07 - Richard Harvey - 001A - A2 (1:23)
08 - Grain - B2 (1:09)
09 - Santos Rodriguez - Road To Rio EP - B2 (0:36)
10 - Grain - B1 (1:37)
11 - Santos Rodriguez - Road To Rio EP - A2 (1:28)
12 - Grain - A1 (0:47)
13 - Richard Harvey - 002A - B1 (4:20)
14 - Jeff Mills - Call Of The Wild (1:49)
15 - Jeff Mills - L8 (0:39)
16 - Jeff Mills - Scout (0:27)
17 - Jeff Mills - L8 (0:13)
18 - Richie Hawtin - Orange/Minus 1 (2:11)
19 - Richie Hawtin - Orange/Minus 2 (1:16)
20 - Richie Hawtin - Minus/Orange 2 (0:55)
21 - Nitzer Ebb - Let Your Body Learn (2:11)
22 - Richie Hawtin - Minus/Orange 1 (0:59)
23 - Intermission - What The Hell Was That? (0:09)
24 - Rob Jarvis - Killabite (002) - A1 (2:11)
25 - Ben Sims - The Loops - A1 (2:56)
26 - Jeff Mills - Alarms (1:16)
27 - Surgeon - Force & Form (Surgeon Remake 2) (1:58)
28 - Pacou - Zen (2:07)
29 - Heiko Laux - Five (1:37)
30 - Baby Ford & Eon - Dead Eye (2:23)
31 - Savvas Ysatis - Club Soda (1:20)
32 - Stewart Walker - It's Process Not Substance (0:31)
33 - M - 5 (1:20)
34 - Vladislav Delay - Neo (2:37)
35 - Thor - Aliens Don't Boogie (2:51)
36 - Marco Carola - Question (003) - B2 (2:59)
37 - Quadrant - Kykeon (2:14)
38 - Rhythm & Sound - Never Tell You (Version) (2:41)
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Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin - The Sound Of The Third Season (02 flac 450mb)
Veteran DJs Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin commemorate their summer-long residency at Cocoon in Ibiza with The Sound of the Third Season, a relatively straightforward mix of techno with a creative twist. Since the mix is intended as a commemoration of the many Monday nights Väth and Hawtin spent together in Ibiza at Cocoon, as discussed and pictured in the liner notes, the two intersperse sampled dialogue throughout the mix as a means of better capturing the essence of the summer. Their mix is amazing, they throw down numerous great tracks and don't do anything too fancy -- just mix one kick-ass track unmercifully into the next. The heart-racing intensity doesn't subside until the last quarter of the mix, when you're at the after-party on the beach, where Väth and Hawtin open with Swayzak's soothing "Make up Your Mind (Slight Return)" and bring the mix to a lulling close.
01 - T-Bone Steak... (2:40)
02 - Reinhard Voigt - Supertiel (6:41)
03 - Tony Rohr - Baile Commigo (3:19)
04 - Dirty - Dirty (E-Dancer Remix, Re-Edit By Matthew Roberts) (6:10)
05 - Renato Cohen - Pontapé (4:16)
06 - DJ Shufflemaster - Play Back Pt.3 - Session 1 (5:09)
07 - Slam - Step Back (Smith & Selway Rmx) (1:40)
08 - No Artist - I'm Ready... (3:16)
09 - Technasia - Acid Storm (4:33)
10 - Sven Väth - Steel (Marco Carola Rmx) (4:44)
11 - Koenig Cylinders - 99.9 (John Selway Rmx) (2:26)
12 - No Artist - Amnesia Surprise... (1:36)
13 - A Number Of Names - Shari Vari (The Hacker & Vitalic Remix) (3:55)
14 - John Starlight - Blood Angels (5:47)
15 - Legowelt - Disco Rout (5:39)
16 - No Artist - Let's Continue Our Mission... (1:43)
17- Swayzak - Make Up Your Mind (Slight Return) (4:00)
18 - Wessling & Schrom - Donauwellen (3:25)
19 - Ricardo Villalobos - What You Say Is More Than I Can Say (0:16)
20 - Reinhard Voigt - Recht Erst Jetzt (3:24)
21 - No Artist - Closing Thoughts... - Sven & Rich's Post After-Hours Thoughts (0:18)
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