Detroit’s techno demigod Richie Hawtin shared the first album in 11 years from his alter ego Plastikman today in full via YouTube.
The album was recorded as a one-off performance for a fundraiser at the Guggenheim Museum in New York last November, and less than a week after announcing it would be released as a complete LP, here we have it: Plastikman’s EX.
This seven-track album is the product of Hawtin locking himself away for an intense production spell heavily inspired by the architectural space around him in the museum. The result is nearly an hour of ebbing and flowing soundscapes following a palpably dramatic story arc with deep, introspective passages across seven acts laid out in the tracklist below.
Despite an 11-year hiatus, enough time for an artist to lose their edge many times over, Plastikman rises to the occasion with classic low rumbling minimal goodness peppered with subtle-yet-complex accents and the occasional haunting melody in one cohesive narrative. EX gradually builds energy over the first 40 minutes into an acid-laced techno showcase satisfying both the composition’s original intended purpose and the ears of his legions of fans.
Pick up EX here on Beatport, out now via Minus.