Richie Hawtin ‎– Decks, EFX & 909

M_nus ‎– MINUS04CD
CD, Mixed


1 Ratio Early Blow 2:02
2 G Flame & Mr. G Dumped 1:03
3 Richard Harvey User (02) - B2 1:11
4 Richard Harvey User (04) - A2 1:04
5 Richard Harvey User (02) - A2 1:24
6 Richard Harvey User (01) - B2 1:16
7 Richard Harvey 001a - A2 1:23
8 Grain 1* B2 1:09
9 Santos Rodriguez Road To Rio EP - B2 0:36
10 Grain 2* B1 1:37
11 Santos Rodriguez Road To Rio EP - A2 1:28
12 Grain 2* A1 0:47
13 Richard Harvey 002a - B1 4:20
14 Jeff Mills Call Of The Wild 1:49
15 Jeff Mills L8 0:39
16 Jeff Mills Scout 0:27
17 Jeff Mills L8 0:13
18 Richie Hawtin Orange/Minus 1 2:11
19 Richie Hawtin Orange/Minus 2 1:16
20 Richie Hawtin Minus/Orange 2 0:55
21 Nitzer Ebb Let Your Body Learn 2:11
22 Richie Hawtin Minus/Orange 1 0:59
23 Intermission (2) What The Hell Was That? 0:55
24 Killabite Killabite (002) - A1 0:09
25 Ben Sims The Loops - A1 2:11
26 Jeff Mills Alarms 2:56
27 Surgeon Force + Form Remake 2 1:16
28 Pacou Zen 1:58
29 Heiko Laux Five 2:07
30 Baby Ford & Eon Dead Eye 1:37
31 Savvas Ysatis Club Soda 2:23
32 Stewart S. Walker* It's Process Not Substance 1:20
33 M* 5 0:31
34 Vladislav Delay Neo 1:20
35 Thor Aliens Don't Boogie 2:37
36 Marco Carola Question (003) - B2 2:51
37 Quadrant (2) Kykeon 2:59
38 Rhythm & Sound Never Tell You (Version) 2:41

Companies, etc.



Technical list:
Vestax PMC-50A Mixer.
Vestax DCR1200PRO Isolator.
Ensoniq DP/2 Effects Processor.
Roland TR-909 Drum Machine.
Technics SL-1200 Turntables.
Stanton Trackmaster Cartridges.
Roland CV Pedal.

Total time: 61:28.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 99848 50042 0
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L483
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI8119

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July 22, 2014
If you want beauty & mindblow feelings - this is not for you.
Richie Hawtin just show us the nature of perfect dj skills and the philosophy of techno wave. It is not about music, it's not about dancefloor - it's totally about conception & building construction. It's like a lesson in the maths school where you need to deal with 38 objectives.
I know that the personage of Richie Hawtin is like a god of electronic music, but c'mon, if techno is always a school lesson how to mix tracks that it should be heard as a one-hour track - well I don't give a nice word on techno.
Controversal conjunction:
Mixing perfect
Sound boring
Richie Hawtin is a legend
Techno is science, not an art.


July 5, 2013

*In my humble opinion* This mix has too many effects. The tracks themselves, while quite nicely selected, get covered in an unpleasant haze of filters, stale 909 overylays, and uninspired quarter-note delay. A lot of DJs seem to have gotten far too excited about the combination of beat-synched effects with mixing, and basically they end up fucking up perfectly good tracks in the process. While I do enjoy a majority of the tracks (Richard Harvey and Jeff Mills, especially) and general sequence of the mix, the end product is quite sterile. I end up skipping to certain sections of the mix just for the tracks I enjoy. This mix is far less exciting than Hawtin's X-Mix 5 done years previous to this in 1994, which I highly recommend (Acquaviva's mix on the same CD is also SICK). Hawtin's next mix CD, DE9, is even more sterile than this. Really disappointing and way too up-its-ass conceptual.


June 20, 2012
edited over 8 years ago

I think it's a good thing that this was a single disc release. It is fairly repetitive and I think if it was 2+ hours long it would have worn out its welcome. It's a good cross-section of minimal techno. I think it would work a lot better in an actual club because, well, it's dance music - there's only bass, drums, and basic synths - and anything that could be called melody is conspicuously absent. However, if you pay attention to the subtleties, you can appreciate the creativity that has gone into this mix. It doesn't go anywhere or do anything, the value of this mix is wholly in the layering, the editing, and the mixing.


December 8, 2010
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.


October 8, 2009
The vinyl version of "Decks" which has three excerpts of the mix is all I need anymore. I got the cd right when it came out when I was 15 and it propelled me even further into techno than I was before and opened my ears to alot of other artists (like Nitzer Ebb for one). But the 12 inch has a 5:45mins excerpt where Richie mixes all of his "Orange" version into Nitzer Ebb's "Let Your Body Learn" creating an amazing remix/mash-up of the tracks that's better than any of the originals. It'd be great in a club, or for instance as much as I love Nitzer Ebb, the version here with the "Oranges" is better than the original, and here it's one concise track.


May 11, 2006
edited over 14 years ago
Of all Richie's dj mixes, this one is the most accurate reflection of Rich in full dancefloor mode. Most of his mixes are more of a reflection of something more suitable for something away from the dancefloor (yet equally funky) but for the number of times I've seen Rich play, this is the perfect reflection for how he can mix up a box of records and to that end, comparing this to my live experiences of seeing him do what he does best, this is the perfect time capsule to commemorate what Rich was like before he took dj'ing to a whole other realm. Whether it is for better or worse is a whole other debate.


March 28, 2006
edited over 15 years ago

This mix cd, when released, was definitely ahead of the game. The concept Richie Hawtin came up with was something no one even thought about doing.
As far as the music goes Richie goes through the whole techno spectrum. Starting off with loop based techno, then funky, tribal techno, some detroit(jeff mills), industrial(nitzer ebb) and ending with some dubby minimal techno(maurizio). All the while the mixing is exactly what techno is all about: using records to create your own music. Some highlights are the beginning of the cd which starts off with a basic loop based track (grain) which then gets layered with a driving funky treatment(g flame& mr. g) and finally layered in with good old sample based tribal funk(user). All throughout the cd you also get awesome efx like echoes, which increases the intensity during breakdowns. The standout mix to me personally is when Richie mixes all the versions of his own minus orange with Nitzer Ebb's "Let Your Body Learn". It goes perfectly with the Nitzer Ebb classic.
In conclusion if you're into Techno the way it should be mixed, this is a must have in your cd collection.