Techno legend Richie Hawtin has released a new album out of the blue titled From My Mind To Yours.
The 15-track LP sees Hawtin assume six different aliases for the release, including well-known monikers Plastikman, Circuit Breaker, and FUSE. Named after his label Plus 8’s 1991 collection From Our Minds To Yours, the compilation features a wide array of sonic offerings, from the groovy Simple Simon and the spiritual Stretching to the pounding cerebral onslaught of Creeper and No Way Back.
The release follows news from Richie himself that he was the man behind a recent trio of anonymous releases on the label. It is his first full-length release since summer 2014, when he returned with a new Plastikman album after an 11-year hiatus.
Hawtin released a statement regarding the release:
“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.”
Purchase the full album on Boomkat here. While you’re at it, check out Richie’s recent video from EB.TV where he discusses the process behind making the album.