Apr 28, 2012

RhoDeo 1217 Beats

Hello, last year i got my hands on Arkives: 1993-2010, an overwhelming anthology of Richie Hawtin's Plastikman productions. Hawtin’s status as one of the most innovative and iconic producers of electronic music had long been firmly established. It’s both a bold exclamation point and a (rather pricey) gift for his followers, who probably won’t mind all the duplicate material when so much non-album content has been wrangled and paired with a book that requires hours to be devoured in full.

As announced last week some more from the Plastkman Archives.Brace yourselves for two discs compiling Plastikman remixes of other artists,  and two discs filled with new remixes of Plastikman tracks (by the likes of Vince Clarke, Severed Heads, Moby, Carl Craig, and Green Velvet). It has become a rather extensive post sizewise, I had to up 2.3 gig in total, I believe that is a single posting record. Hope you like it...

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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 Banbury 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.

Hawtin and +8's co-founder, John Acquaviva, began working together in 1989, originally to make a Derrick May megamix for use on the radio; they later emerged from Acquaviva's studio with several original recordings. The duo issued one single, "Elements of Tone" as the first release on +8 Records (credited to States of Mind), and sat back while many in the techno world puzzled over who was responsible. The label's later releases -- by Kenny Larkin, Jochem Paap (aka Speedy J) and Mark Gage (aka Vapourspace) in addition to various Hawtin/Acquaviva projects -- made the label famous for laboratory-precise techno based on slowly evolving and shifting acid lines. The aggressive sound matched the work of the label/artist collective Underground Resistance as the best techno to come out of Detroit in the early '90s.

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. 99;s ,  Decks, EFX & 909, defacto the first in what has become his DE9 series, is the next step for Richie Hawtin after his Mixmag live album and the increasing minimalism of 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.  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 - Rekonstruktions I   (flac 321mb)

01 La Funk Mob – Motorbass Get Funked Up (Elektrophunk Remix) 6:48
02 Attica Blues – Blueprint (Slakked Plastik Remix) 8:51
03 Bomb The Bass – One To One Religion (Space Funk Remix) 8:13
04 Blood Sucker – Markiv (Plastikman's Rejected Mix) 6:21
05 Talvin Singh – Vikram The Vampire (South Of Detroid Mix) 9:48
06 Robotman – Hypnofreek (Michael Mayer Remix) 6:22 
07 Kalisto – JAK Rabbit (Plastikman's Acid House Remix) 9:23

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Plastikman - Rekonstruktions II   ( flac 409mb)

01 Winx - Don't Laugh (Richie Hawtin Remix) 12:15
02 X-Press 2 - Rock 2 House (Plastikman's Acid House Remix) 10:23
03 Heartthrob - Baby Kate (Plastikman Remix) 8:00
04 Hardfloor - Into The Nature (Plastikman Remix) 10:26
05 Robotman - Do Da Doo (Plastikman's Acid House Remix) 11:59
06 System 7 - Alpha Wave (Plastikman's Acid House Remix Edit) 13:11

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With the Replikant remixes I wanted to invite a number of artists to take the DNA of the Plastikman sound (loops, samples, melodies, etc) and re-interpret it in their own unique and individual style. Each of the remixers were picked fore a specific reason or connection to the Plastikman project. Some were artists I was listening to pre-Plastikman (some even before I ever thought about making music), while others are individuals who were inspired by Plastikman and the twists and turns that the Plastikman sound has taken over the years. I trust that by sharing my thoughts on a selection of these artists, it offers another level of insight into the many facets of the Plastikman story.

Plastikman - Replikants I  ( flac 429mb)

01 Ask Yourself (Cliff Martinez Remix) 6:13
02 Disconnect (Alva Noto Remodel) 6:24
03 Marbles (Fabrizio Maurizi's 303 Remix) 7:03
04 Headcase (Marc Houle Remix) 7:59
05  I Don't Know (Psyche Mix) 12:06 
06 Plastique (Mathew Jonson's Togarashi Re) 7:56 
07 Akoustik (F.K. Remix) 9:03
08 Mind In Rewind (Carl Craig Prog 47 Remix) 11:05
09 I Don't Know (Kazuya Nagaya Remix) 13:46
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Plastikman - Replikants II ( flac 453mb)

01 Plasticity (Dubfire Remix) 9:46
02 Krakpot (Moby Remix) 8:35
03 Mind In Rewind (Steve Bicknell Lost Remix) 5:51
04 Goo (Paco Osuna's PLUS8100 Remix) 7:12
05 Kriket (Danilio Vigorito'sPLUS8100 Remix) 6:03
06 Ping Pong (Ambivalent's Consumed By Pong's Remix) 6:59
07 Oedipus Komplex (Heartthrob Rework) 7:00
08 Helikopter (Green Velvet Remix) 7:26
09 Ask Yourself (MK Remix Hawtin Edit) 4:36
10 Elektrostatik (Vince Clarke Remix) 4:41
11 Mind In Rewind (Berg Nixon Remix) 5:18

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elsewhere (Rhotation 34,46,50)

Plastikman - Consumed ( 98 ^ 153mb)

Richie Hawtin - Decks, EFX & 909  ( 99 ^151mb)

Sven Väth & Richie Hawtin - The Sound Of The Third Season (02 ^153mb)

FUSE - Dimension Intrusion  ( 93 ^ 166mb)

Plastikman - Musik  (94 ^164mb)

Richie Hawtin - DE9 | Transitions ( 05 ^162mb)

Plastikman - Recycled Plastik (93/94 ^ 99)

Plastikman - Sheet One  (93 ^ 145mb)


Anonymous said...


Can you re-up Plastikman?

Many thanks

Anonymous said...

dear Rho,
Would you please re-up RhoDeo 1217 Beats.
Many thanks, JF

Anonymous said...

Hi Rho,

Would you please re-up Plastikman - RhoDeo 1217 Beats.
Hopefully, I'm within the requested deadline for re-ups.
Cheers \ JF

W. said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rho,
Thank you so much for Plastikman !
And LTJ Bukem, and the Nits.
Best \ JF