Surprise! Richie Hawtin has just dropped a brand new album under various aliases of his - Plastikman, FUSE and Robotman.
The producer recently revealed that he was in fact behind the anonymous Plus 8 releases that have recently appeared on the Hard Wax website, and today has announced a back-to-basics LP which arrives just in time for the label’s 25th anniversary.
Hawtin has said: “This year is the 25th anniversary of Plus 8 Records, the label that John Acquaviva and I started at the beginning of our technology-fuelled journey into music. We thought of celebrating in many ways - an anniversary world tour or releasing a best of compilation.
“However, in keeping with the original vision of Plus 8, we decided to celebrate the occasion by revisiting the very reason we started the label in the first place: releasing new forward-thinking music.
“For me personally the anniversary was an inspiring moment to get back into the studio with similar intentions as in those early days. I was very happy to be back where it all started. Equipped with updates of my original studio ‘friends’ and combined with the latest recording technologies, I then stripped the setup down to its basic components and found freedom within those limitations. No real plans, just the everyday process of getting up, turning on the gear and pressing record.
“In that environment I had the opportunity to revisit the personalities that I had explored earlier in my career, re-defining my own interpretation of Techno. From My Mind To Yours.”
The album will be made available on CD, digitally, and over seven vinyl 12” singles. There’s clips over at Boomkat if you want to try before you buy.
01. Richie Hawtin ‘No Way Back’
02. Childsplay ‘Stretching’
03. Robotman ‘Simple Simon’
04. F.U.S.E. ‘Them’
05. F.U.S.E. ‘Close’
06. Plastikman ‘Purrkusiv’
07. Plastikman ‘Gymnastiks’
08. Circuit Breaker ‘Systematic’
09. 80xx ‘Creepr’
10. Plastikman ‘Akrobatix’
11. Plastikman ‘Cirkus’
12. 80xx ‘Creatur’
13. 80xx ‘Grindr’
14. Plastikman vs. F.U.S.E. ‘EXpanded’
15. R.H.X. ‘Xtension’
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