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MixMag Live!, Vol. 1

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This disc is part of a series released by the DJ-culture journal MIXMAG that explores the differing styles and attitudes of some of the international club circuit's hippest disc-spinners. Richie Hawtin has recorded under several names, most notably as Plastikman, and his edition of MIXMAG LIVE! incorporates some of his own work as well as that of others into a 56-minute "state of the scene" manifesto. Indexed as 11 tracks, with approximately five-minute divisions, Hawtin's disc contains "medleys" of wicked, soon-to-be-classic techno cuts mixed together under his watchful ear to create the perfect trance/dance vibe.

Hawtin's MIXMAG mix opens fairly calmly with steady beats and ambient effects courtesy of tracks by Lausen and G-Man, and the album follows an arc of sorts. Slowly but surely, Hawtin picks up the pace, arriving at a solid groove that will keep people dancing as long as the smart drinks are flowing. Standouts include a dynamic melding of Plastikman's own "Spaz" and "Helikopter" that improves greatly on the original versions and Hawtin's jaunty, cheerful techno-lite mix of Naughty and Tolis's "Electricity" and Tobias Schmidt's "Dollar." Put on this disc at your next party if you're having trouble getting people to dance.

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