Plastikman ‎– EX

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EXposed 10:34
EXtend 5:37
EXpand 7:56
EXtrude 5:52
EXplore 7:03
EXpire 7:09
EXhale 9:05

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CDSTUMM370, MINUS121 Plastikman EX(CD, Album) Mute, M_nus CDSTUMM370, MINUS121 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
ISTUMM370 Plastikman EX (Performed Live At The Guggenheim, NYC)(7xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Mute, BMG Rights Management ISTUMM370 UK & Europe 2014
none Plastikman EX (Recorded Live At The Guggenheim, NYC)(CDr, Album, Promo) Mute none UK 2014 Sell This Version
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ISTUMM370 Plastikman EX(7xFile, FLAC, Album + File, FLAC, Album, Mixed) Mute ISTUMM370 UK & Europe 2014
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ISTUMM 370 Plastikman EX(8xFile, WAV, Album) Mute ISTUMM 370 UK & Europe 2014
CDSTUMM370, MINUS121 Plastikman EX(CD, Album) Mute, M_nus CDSTUMM370, MINUS121 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
TRCP-168 Plastikman EX(CD, Album, HQC) Traffic Inc. TRCP-168 Japan 2014 Sell This Version

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jondavey

jondavey

December 16, 2015
referencing EX, CD, Album, CDSTUMM370, MINUS121
This is progressive acid music. I don't see why so many people have a problem with that. If you want Chicago 1986 then buy a TRAX record.
exumer

exumer

August 20, 2015
referencing EX, CD, Album, CDSTUMM370, MINUS121
A fitting tribute to Pete Namlook
aguycalledchoo

aguycalledchoo

February 7, 2015
referencing EX, CD, Album, CDSTUMM370, MINUS121
I am waiting for the remix LP too
code303

code303

November 17, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
referencing EX, CD, Album, CDSTUMM370, MINUS121
I trust Hawtin's quality control and producer's skills more than any (discogs) reviewer's grizzle.
Afrosheen

Afrosheen

November 5, 2014
referencing EX, 2xLP, Album, STUMM370, minus121

This review is for the Vinyl 2LP set.

To begin with, the pressing I received is fairly poor quality. The lead in for a few minutes on album 1 track 1 pops, clicks and has surface noise. I ran the album through the Spin Clean, cleaned the stylus (Nagaoka MP110) with the MoFi brush and cleaner, used a carbon fiber brush and even hit the record with the Milty anti-stat gun a few times for good measure. Upon closer inspection there appears to be junk dug into the grooves, perhaps a chemical thumbprint during pressing. Tried microfiber cloth and naptha, wouldn't move.

Past the nasty intro, the music really settles into a hypnotic, ever-evolving groove that Plastikman earned his name with. If you're reading this and not familiar with Plastikman, you should start your journey with Sheet One and move forward from there. This is minimal techno at its finest from one of the pioneers. Despite moving to digital hardware running software algorithms to mimic the tried-and-true 303 (Devilfish)/808/909 combo he rose to fame with, the sound is close enough and infinitely more predictable and precise for a live set with multiple machines running in harmony to produce the music. This is a high definition recording of the live set performed at New York's Guggenheim museum for a Christian Dior fundraiser of some sort. The live set looks like it had all the right elements (light, sound, performance) but with an audience that couldn't care less. Thankfully, there are Ibiza and other outdoor sets more suited to the audience; videos of these performances are easily found online.

Back to the music. Despite some long-time fans criticizing Richie Hawtin for his "lack of progression" with this album after all these years, he is still the master of the genre and does what he does extremely well here. In some ways it feels like a throwback to Sheet One, Musik and other earlier releases, and that's not a bad thing. Some artists progress to the point where no semblance of their roots are anywhere to be found and never revisit the seed that grew their genius and carved out a niche for their music to begin with. I was afraid, with recent releases like Closer and, to a certain extent, Consumed, that Plastikman was progressing, but not in the way I wanted or expected him to. This is, above all else, a return to his roots with some new tricks to add dimension. The cacophonic, thumping urgency of Helikopter would not be welcome here, but the madness that spawned it is definitely present, only older, wiser and more subdued.

The album slow-burns towards a climax by side D when EXhale encourages you to breathe along with the track. It's a fitting end to the journey, like the end of an acid trip, calculated and carefully bringing you back down to reality as your nerves settle and serotonin falls back to normal levels.

Are there "better" Plastikman albums? Probably. It's all subjective and I won't pretend to be a music critic. But for the simple fact that it's something new by a legendary DJ and pioneer, it's worth your time to explore the journey. Albums like this are extremely rare in this part of the century and it's a shame there aren't more. I look forward to the next.
player

player

July 25, 2014
edited 6 months ago
referencing EX, CD, Album, CDSTUMM370, MINUS121

After cautiously buying this album after its mixed reception that cane with some unfair comments and un-just reviews! I'm glad to say it was a worthy purchase. I do really like this album! EX is a album that atmospherically & musically sits somewhere in-between Musik, From Within, and Consumed. Influences from these albums can be heard across sections of EX - a good thing for those who prefer the deeper subconscious moods in minimal techno. Probably best approached to be listened as a whole rather then skipping or fast-forwarding tracks, only then you will fully absorb the albums moods, development, and atmospheric creation, Developed around a minimalism techno concept with some excellent use of absorbing atmospheres that manage to blend both cold and warm moods. Plastikman's classic sound & style of stripped down addictive Kick-drum/ 4/4 drum machine programming, sparse low-key sub-bass rhythms, hypnotic deep pulses and low-key synth manipulating approach to his techno and acid loops are all here executed with Plastikman's hallmark with his analogue minimal equipment approach! 'Ex' is both minimalistic and dark sounding, yet also quiet harmonizing with a sense of deep engaging depth too. Music that at times can feel provoking with its feeling of isolation due to its dense claustrophobic atmospheres, yet also at times quiet mind stimulating with ts minimal warmer analogue sounds and the hypnotic-harmony in his synth patterns and loops. This certainly is a combination of deep, dark, & a thoughtful formula that work incredibly well as a whole. For me, 'EX', did feel more a studio album, rather then recorded `Live', which in honesty would never thought of being recorded live if not mentioned! 'Ex' remains a worthy album that certainly should not be ignored or simply judged because of some of the 'hop-on bandwagon' over critical reviewers have decided to slate the album. This is music with quality giving you an absorbing journey into the classic Plastikman minimal signature sound music - the reason we buy Plastikman music! Yet also delivers the goods in atmospherrs & moods to great effect making this a worthy purchase.

Cardia1

Cardia1

July 24, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
referencing EX, CD, Album, CDSTUMM370, MINUS121

"Ex" is a fine Album, not so good as "Consumed" or "closer" but better than "sheet one", "Musik" ,"Plastik recycled" and "Artifakts BC".This is a good example how Plastikman sound should have begin in its career. This Album has several good melodys and it doesn´t sound to much acid or noisy, it can be stimulating for imagination without addictions. Its a experience lived in a dark and sci-fi world. This release should have more time music though, and then again it does not contain the same variety of expressions and geniality as "Consumed" or "Closer".
"Exhale" track sounds like a resume of Plastikman History, hopefully not a end to its career .
I hope There will be more upcoming Plastikman Albums.
filfefil

filfefil

July 20, 2014
referencing EX, CD, Album, CDSTUMM370, MINUS121
hello all, first of don t be put off by these negative reviews, this is a really good album and having listened and brought most releases of Richie Hawtin, Plastikman all i can say is they dont know what there talking about.Theres a lot more of F.U.S.E in this album and the production s a lot slicker. Also you have to remember that this was recorded as part of a live show, and the show is a multi media affair so your only getting the music not visuals or any other stuff given away at gigs.THIS IS NOT A STUDIO ALBUM, So another really good Plastikman album that fits relly well with the progression of this artist.
satchesmckwokes

satchesmckwokes

June 19, 2014
referencing EX, 8xFile, WAV, Album, ISTUMM 370
Satches McKwokes of Mobile, Alabama reviews Plastikman: EX (June 19, 2014)

Plastikman is the perfect example of an artist becoming lost in his own warped ego. As if Musik, Sheet One, etc. weren't enough, EX demonstrates further how this "visionary" has yet to evolve, both artistically and technically, over the course of the past twenty years. "Consumed by tedium, yet Closer to another failed attempt at creating something worth listening to." - Satches "Ole Smeller" McKwokes