Richie Hawtin, aka Plastikman, releases a 30th Anniversary Edition of his ground-breaking debut album 'Sheet One'
Today Richie Hawtin, aka Plastikman, have released the 30th Anniversary Edition of his brilliant debut album Sheet One on double BioVinyl, remastered from the original masters. To mark the anniversary, Sheet One has also been remastered for digital re-release, courtesy of Manmade Mastering from Berlin.
Plastikman is just one of Richie Hawtin’s alter egos, and Sheet One was the first in a series of releases that started a phenomenon with seismic influence – its stark production, quite unlike anything else on the electronic scene at that time, and an instantly recognisable and somewhat controversial acid-blotter CD cover introduced the world to his unique sound. The album was the beginning of a long creative relationship between Richie Hawtin and Mute, and soon took its place as a crucial classic electronic album.
With Plastikman, Richie Hawtin defined a time and place, expanding the dimensions of Detroit techno and redefining the possibilities of electronic dance music, evolving over six albums into one of contemporary electronic music’s most distinctive voices: minimalist, psychedelic, groove-laden, and transcendent.
Born in Oxfordshire, Hawtin’s family moved to Canada when he was nine and, growing up he was heavily influenced by both his father’s diverse record collection and his own acute curiosity for everything electronic, watching from an early age as his father dismantled various electronic devices, rebuilding and modifying them in front of his son’s eyes. It was inevitable that his passions for music, technology and computers would be finally drawn together, and upon hearing the early sounds of Detroit Techno and Chicago Acid House on Jeff Mills’ late 80’s Detroit radio show, he found his direction. Travelling between his home town of Windsor, Ontario (Canada).
2023 is also the anniversary of Dimension Intrusion by his alter ego F.U.S.E. for the Artificial Intelligence series on WARP, another incredible milestone for Richie Hawtin whose award winning prolific career to date has seen him become one of the most important techno DJs globally; a technological wizard with decades of innovations behind him; label head for both Plus 8, with John Acquaviva and M_nus; the PLAYdifferently mixer / technology company; as well as a growing career in the sake industry with his ENTER.Sake brand and the Sake 36 emporium in Berlin.
Over the last thirty years, and often as Plastikman, Hawtin has collaborated with some of the cultural world’s leading creative figures including Raf Simons, Anish Kapoor, Andreas Gursky and John Gerrard.
I slowly started to find my own unique direction and sound
Plastikman states: “After a few years of experimenting with equipment and techniques, I slowly started to find my own unique direction and sound by digging deep into the possibilities of the Roland TB303. The first crucial steps were the F.U.S.E. tracks ‘F.U.’ and ‘Substance Abuse’, both throbbing dancefloor inspired physical work-outs. That led to my idea of taking the sound of my style of Acid deeper into a more cerebral long-form experiment that became the foundation of Sheet One. Recorded mostly over an intense 48 hour period, the album came alive as I paired the Roland TR606 drum machine to the TB303 for my first time, which opened the doorway into this unique Hawtin trip!”
Listen to Sheet One (30th Anniversary Edition) here:
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