No matter your techno orientation, it is difficult to dispute Plastikman (aka Richie Hawtin)’s reach and impact when it comes to bringing this music to the world, so it is not surprising that techno lovers were overjoyed this week to the announcement on June 4th, Hawtin’s birthday, that his next Plastikman album would be released this summer. Never one to “just” do an album, this time he has paired up with SubPac for a special limited edition release of a portable bass system which supposedly allows one to “feel” the music as you would in a club.
His albums are always prolific; just last week, after returning from Detroit where I reconnected to chat with Hawtin once again at Movement, I was jamming some old techno tunes with a friend and Helikopter (from the brilliant Sheet One album) made its way on to the turntable.
At Movement itself, the classic Spastik (Dubfire rework) was still heard countless times.
The amazing thing about these tracks is that even though they are vintage, they continue to sound futuristic. This is true of the live Plastikman performances as well – I caught the Plastikman Live 1.5 show a couple years back at Brixton Academy in London, and to this day the juxtaposition of old and new, past and future resonates with me.
So here is a brief preview, to help get you (even more?) excited at the idea of yet another batch of prolific tunes from Plastikman.
The album is released digitally June 10 with a special exclusive party June 12 at Sonar Barcelona. Anyone planning to be at Sonar should work to get tickets to this….STAT!
The Limited Edition Sub Pac, Vinyl, and CD release will follow on July 14th.