Where 1993’s Sheet One established the atmospheric parameters of Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman project, Musik puts an even more otherworldly spin on stripped-down drum programming and eerie acid lines. Every track is a marvel of focus: “Konception” immerses us in liquid 303 patterns; “Goo,” a cornerstone of minimal techno, rides tuned toms and Arctic reverb; and “Kriket” turns nervous triplets and electronic chirps into a psychedelic fantasia. The mournful “Lasttrak” dares DJs to ask what lies on other side of peak time, paving the way for Hawtin’s next album, Consumed.
Born: June 4, 1970 in Danbury, England
Years Active: ’90s, ’00s, ’10s
His style formed by a fusion of the barest acid house and straitjacket-tight Detroit techno, Richie Hawtin became one of the most influential artists in the world of techno during the 1990s, even while sticking to out-of-date synth dinosaurs like the Roland TB-303 and TR-808. Hawtin combined lean percussion and equally spare acid lines into haunting techno anthems that kicked with more than enough power for the…