Detroit Tracks 2.0:Plastikman-Spastik

Alex Calhoun —  June 2, 2009 — Leave a comment

Alright, I know Ritchie Hawtin is from Windsor, but this is flat out a record that has Detroit just emanating from it. It’s kind of sad to say that a whole generation of kid’s who are just getting into techno might not know that Mr. Hawtin wasn’t always a super minimal, artsy-neo-fashionista Berliner, but at one time a fucking legend in the D. I will sadly say I was never privy to the infamous Packard parties, but I’ve talked to enough old school heads who have a Plastikman tattoo somewhere, to know these were an epic time for electronic music in Detroit. So, times has dragged on, and we all know what the general consensus of Ritchie in Detroit is, but gems like these still adorn our crates and remind us that not long ago, that dude knew how to bang that shit. Spastik is one of the most instantly recognizable tracks, but can be seamlessly mixed into almost any techno set. Overplayed? Perhaps, but DJ’s play the hell out of Detroit tracks cause they’re the shit! The slowly rising snare rolls build and build, and boom, the bass just kicks in and overwhelms everything, with spaced out drum rolls and echoing claps coming and going from nowhere. Some of the other tracks on this album, Gak and Kriket are a little more out there, but could most definitely have a place in many DJ’s sets. Kriket is a really trippy track, just showing what kind of strange auditory adventures you can go on with a TB-303. If you don’t own this, I highly recommend you pick up a copy, on vinyl if you can, and just enjoy this spacey piece of techno history.

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Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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