Plastikman ‎– Closer



Ask Yourself 8:47
Mind Encode 5:41
Lost 4:37
Disconnect 4:57
Slow Poke (Twilight Zone Mix) 7:50
Headcase 9:55
Ping Pong 9:30
Mind In Rewind 10:21
I No 3:42
I Don't Know 10:04

Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NoMu 100 CD, MINUS 18 CD Plastikman Closer(CD, Album) NovaMute, M_nus NoMu 100 CD, MINUS 18 CD UK 2003 Sell This Version
MINUS18CD Plastikman Closer(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) M_nus MINUS18CD UK 2003
NoMu 100 LP, Minus 18 Plastikman Closer(3x12", Album) NovaMute, Minus Inc. NoMu 100 LP, Minus 18 UK 2003 Sell This Version
NoMu 100 LP, MINUS 18 Plastikman Closer(3x12", Album, Promo, W/Lbl) NovaMute, M_nus NoMu 100 LP, MINUS 18 2003 Sell This Version
3081-2 724596308127 Plastikman Closer(CD, Album) NovaMute 3081-2 724596308127 US 2003 Sell This Version
NOMU100CD, 392.0100.020 Plastikman Closer(CD, Album) NovaMute, PIAS Benelux NOMU100CD, 392.0100.020 Benelux 2003 Sell This Version
NOMU100CDJ Plastikman Closer(CD, Album) NovaMute NOMU100CDJ Japan 2003 Sell This Version
PAPER007 Plastikman Closer(CD, Album) Paper Bag Records PAPER007 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
NOMU100CD, 0724359329628 Plastikman Closer(CD, Album, Car) NovaMute, NovaMute NOMU100CD, 0724359329628 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
MUSDJ 148-2 Plastikman Closer(CD, Album, Promo) Mute MUSDJ 148-2 US 2003 Sell This Version
none Plastikman Closer(CD, Album, Promo) NovaMute none UK 2003 Sell This Version
PNoMu 100 CD, 0724359236629 Plastikman Closer(CD, Album, Promo, Car) NovaMute, NovaMute PNoMu 100 CD, 0724359236629 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
none Plastikman Closer(CDr, Album, Promo) NovaMute none Europe 2003 Sell This Version
3081-2 724596308127 Plastikman Closer(CD, Album, Unofficial) NovaMute (2) 3081-2 724596308127 Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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March 5, 2021
referencing Closer, 3x12", Album, NoMu 100 LP, Minus 18

I got a noisy copy (used) but the pressing is quite good. Nice packaging, 45 RPM.. powerfull bass... go for it.


February 12, 2020
referencing Closer, CD, Album, PAPER007

This is Plastikman's best album. Period. Aaaand only worth having on CD because it's one floating piece. I do have the album on vinyl as well, but never listen to it as it makes no sense.


January 29, 2019
referencing Closer, CD, Album, NoMu 100 CD, MINUS 18 CD
First time I heard the opening track was late at night thumbing though a load of new releases I’d got. I’d bought the album as it was plastikman and, well, why wouldn’t I buy on site. The track absolutely blew me away in that darkened solitary late night setting. Next time I heard it was a month or so later when he opened with it on a plastikman live tour, on a massive system the tension and suspense it created before all hell broke loose was one of those life changing moments music can sometimes give.
People frequently compare this to sheet one. But perhaps they forget that Hawtin is a genuine techno pioneer. He was doing things totally differently to everyone else when he made Sheet One. He was doing exactly that when he made Closer. If he’d have made another sheet one he’d have been slated “a decade on and he’s still churning this out”.
I like this album. So many of these tracks, even the beatless ones work in dj sets. If you want a less cerebral album buy something else. If you want to feel paranoia, tension, sadness, and a whole host of other emotions in a dark room on your own then get this


March 7, 2012
referencing Closer, CD, Album, NoMu 100 CD, MINUS 18 CD
I find most people who don't like this album, have not really 'listened' to it.
This is not a straight-forward techno album. It's a pure concept album. You should listen it only in it's entirety.
It's about the break-up with his girlfriend, and the voyage in his mind he takes to get over it.
This album needs to be listened in a dark room, while you are on your bed/couch (preferably under a bit of influence of psychoactives). It is superb.


July 5, 2011
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Closer, CD, Album, PAPER007

I think the polarized opinions on this album are very interesting. It seems no one "kind of" likes it; they either hate it with a firey passion or think it's one of Hawtin's best releases. Personally, I fall in between. While it lacks the playful beat experiments of his earlier Plastikman work, it does present an incredibly tense and moody journey into dark minimalism. The first half of the album is quite slow, favouring borderline beatless pieces, and serving as a buildup to the welcome, familiar 4/4 beat that enters with "Headcase." From there, the second half of the album contains more techno-oriented and is reminiscent of his earlier albums.

As for the much-debated spoken word passages, the only piece I find bothersome is "Disconnect," as the rhymes feel forced and cheesy. "High school poetry," as others have said, is an apt way of describing it. But the other pieces that feature his pitched-down voice are effective, in that the repeated phrases add to the overall feeling of paranoia and self-reflection.

All in all I'll certainly be listening to this album more than once, and I expect I'll discover new things with each pass.


June 1, 2011
referencing Closer, CD, Album, NoMu 100 CD, MINUS 18 CD
If you would have told me that this was a paradoy album made as a joke mocking Hawtin and minimal techno, I would believe you. Seriously the lyrics are a joke and sound like they were written by a 13 year old girl whose parents totally don't get her. If this album was under any other artist name besides "Plastikman" than no one would have cared about this release. I'm almost offended that this album would be released under the same moniker that gave us the "Sheet One" and "Musik" albums.


October 6, 2010
referencing Closer, CD, Album, NoMu 100 CD, MINUS 18 CD

I enjoyed this album, i like the tracks "Ask Yourself", " Lost" , "Ping Pong", " Mind In Rewind" , "I No", "I Don't Know" and loved the way the melodys are well done in the tracks "lost" and "I No", these two tracks are very good, with a very deep side of life. When i listen to this album i imagine in most of the tracks that i´m exploring giant abandoned temples with lots of secrets to discover surrounded by dramatic atmospheres, and that outstanding voice reminds me of some powefull creature (a God in distress?) that is guiding us (listeners) throghout his submersive epic domains, in order to help him in some quest. i recomend this album for those who like to have their imagination stimulated by dark\deep\ambient electronic music. i Hope Ritchie will bring more albums with this style, "Closer" and "Consumed" are two albums from Plastikman that can lift you up without the need to consume drugs.


January 3, 2010
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Closer, CD, Album, NoMu 100 CD, MINUS 18 CD
A very dark album, the epitome of minimal. A very dark, yet abstract avant garde sortof atmosphere that is so strong that the album is trippey on it's own, without much use of effects(has some nice voice samples though). This is what acid techno in the 2000s should sound like, not simply stuff with bad use of 303. The production is absolutely great... and the flow is incredible. Exactly what makes minimal music work. Sortof hard to get into, but when you do, it's great. Has some standout tracks that work on their own too, however with great album flow. The tracks are blended into each other which works well.
9/10 certainly
I highly recommend, perhaps not as a first look into electronic music, or even techno, but if you're in the right mood for it it's powerful.


December 25, 2008
referencing Closer, CD, Album, Car, NOMU100CD, 0724359329628
This flashback is supposed to be another installmanet of my Random Vinyl of the Week series. But I'm already cheating... A little bit... I did indeed pull out this triple twelve-incher from my vast record library (the correct term is discothèque, right?). But it is still shrink wrapped! You can't expect me to break the seal on this collector's item, can you? And, of course, I have a CD version of this 2003 album right here. Plus the disk release contains four extra tracks! So back it goes, whence it came from, to age and marinate some more. Meanwhile, Richie Hawtin is already thumping, laying out some mean bass over reverberated strings. I turn up the volume. I always turn up the volume for Plastikman. Hawtin's control over dynamic range of cranium vibrating bass, and tiny little white noises in the background always creates a hypnotic experience. The pitched down, evil, and creepy Hawtin's voice is reciting some dark lyrics: "I don't know what's left to gain / All the guilt and now the blame / I don't want to stop this game / I'm starting to enjoy the pain." The rolling lower frequencies are penetrating every nook of my studio. The light bulbs are shaking in their sockets. Something just fell in the deep cavern of my closet. Closer is an intense experience, with little release, like an involuntary muscle spasm induced by an alternating current. The themes of paranoia, schizophrenia, and claustrophobia saturate the music. Is this what we get when we get closer to Hawtin? The album tends to continue the discomforting ground work laid out in Plastikman's previous minimal release, Consumed (M_nus, 1998). Moving further away from staple sound of 909 repetitive techno beats, 303 acid sweeps, never ending delays and mind warping arpeggios, Ontario based Hawtin continues his exploration into the deep, the dark and the minimal. A lot of people have dismissed Plastikman as just another speck in the Detroit techno scene of the early 90s, being in the right place at the right time. And at times I wonder if his sound is only exciting because I've been listening to his earlier albums, Sheet One (1993), Musik (1994), and Recycled Plastik (1994) nonstop back in the 90s. But as I mature, revisit, and analyze the sound [which continues to be imitated by many up and comers], I think Richie is here to stay. Even if we haven't heard from him in over five years! Hawtin's owned Canadian labels, Plus 8 and M_nus continue to thrive and output some solid material. For a quick taste of 2008 releases check out Heartthrob's Dear Painter, Paint Me and Gaiser's Blank Fade.


March 27, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
referencing Closer, CD, Album, NoMu 100 CD, MINUS 18 CD

This is the darkest, most paranoid and lonely record you may expect to hear in a lifetime, period.
Well, at least under the minimal moniker, which may say volumes, as minimal techno inherently tends to get rather dark and introversive.

Richie managed to transcribe a genuinely psychotic state with his music – the message from the individual tracks, which as standalones posses the ability to rip apart ones mind, sum on each other when listened to in succession with a build up of tension to bring either a closeup and rejection of the whole thing, or either a wave of insights by the recipient psyche. Obviously, Hawtin is an expert in reaching the deepest and darkest corners of the subconscious.

Musically, this is minimal techno at its best and is definitely a classic.