Arkives: 1993-2010

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Arkives: 1993-2010, an overwhelming anthology of Richie Hawtin's Plastikman productions, was made available in a variety of formats. In addition to a six-piece vinyl set featuring a dozen remixes, there was a 249-track digital download, as well as this heavy object, which holds 15 CDs, one DVD, and an elaborate 100-page hardcover book. On the CDs: the six Plastikman full-lengths (all remarkable or classic), two discs compiling Plastikman remixes of other artists (from La Funk Mob to Heartthrob), two discs filled with new remixes of Plastikman tracks (by the likes of Vince Clarke, Severed Heads, Moby, Carl Craig, and Green Velvet), a 69-minute Arkive mix, and four discs collecting additional previously released and unreleased content. When Arkives was released, Hawtin’s status as one of the most innovative and iconic producers of electronic music had long been firmly established. It’s both a bold exclamation point and a (rather pricey) gift for his followers, who probably won’t mind all the duplicate material when so much non-album content has been wrangled and paired with a book that requires hours to be devoured in full. Those who are looking for an introduction can seek Kompilation, a smartly selected eight-track sampler.

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