Richie Hawtin

Decks, EFX & 909

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Decks, EFX & 909 is the next step for Richie Hawtin after his Mixmag live album from 1995 and the increasing minimalism of his subsequent Plastikman material (the Consumed LP). Hawtin displays not only his talents as a mixer but also as a producer, using turntables, an effects processor, and a Roland pedal, plus a TR-909 drum machine for added beats. An extension of his live sets (though not entirely recorded live), the album employs a degree of improvisation rarely heard on mix albums. Cycling through 38 tracks in just over an hour, Hawtin ranges through driving, minimalist techno with inclusions from Richard Harvey, Jeff Mills, Surgeon, Pacou, Heiko Laux, Vladislav Delay, Maurizio, Rhythm & Sound, Marco Carola, and a few of his own tracks. The result of Hawtin's obvious labor of love is a mix album that manages to be simultaneously intense and moody, pummeling yet restrained. The beats are clipped and precise, rarely deviating from a 120 BPM pace. Though fans might resent the fact that it wasn't recorded live, Decks, EFX & 909 simply couldn't have been done well in a live setting -- at times, Hawtin has four records spinning at once, and the layers of sound he adds to the show make this album a highly effective techno statement. Another devastating release from North America's most effective dancefloor experimentalist.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Ratio
02:02 Amazon
2
feat: G. Flame / Mr. G
01:03 Amazon
3 01:11 Amazon
4 01:04 Amazon
5 01:24 Amazon
6 01:16 Amazon
7 01:23 Amazon
8
feat: Grain 1
01:09 Amazon
9 00:36 Amazon
10
feat: Grain 2
01:37 Amazon
11 01:28 Amazon
12
feat: Grain 2
00:47 Amazon
13 04:20 Amazon
14
feat: Jeff Mills
01:49 Amazon
15
feat: Jeff Mills
00:39 Amazon
16
feat: Jeff Mills
00:27 Amazon
17
feat: Jeff Mills
00:13 Amazon
18 02:11 Amazon
19 01:16 Amazon
20 00:55 Amazon
21
feat: Nitzer Ebb
02:11 Amazon
22 00:59 Amazon
23
00:09 Amazon
24
feat: Killabite
02:11 Amazon
25
feat: Ben Sims
01:58 Amazon
26
feat: Jeff Mills
02:56 Amazon
27
feat: Surgeon
01:16 Amazon
28
feat: Pacou
02:07 Amazon
29
feat: Heiko Laux
01:37 Amazon
30
feat: Eon / Baby Ford
02:23 Amazon
31 01:20 Amazon
32
00:31 Amazon
33
feat: M
01:20 Amazon
34
02:37 Amazon
35
feat: Thor
02:59 Amazon
36
feat: Marco Carola
02:14 Amazon
37
feat: Quadrant
02:41 Amazon
38 02:41 Amazon
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