Electronic Sound Magazine - Issue 89 [inc. 7" Vinyl]
We are giving you two cover stars for the price of one this month – minimal techno pioneer Plastikman and piano maestro Chilly Gonzales, who have joined forces for a one-off album that is truly special. We've a fantastic seven-inch featuring two tracks by the pair to accompany the magazine too.
Plastikman, aka Canadian producer and DJ Richie Hawtin, has created some of the most innovative and exhilarating electronic music of the last 30 years – from sinuous acid to skeletal techno to panoramic ambient soundscapes. His latest release, 'Consumed In Key', is a bold reworking of his 1998 album ‘Consumed’, recorded in collaboration with fellow musical shapeshifter Chilly Gonzales. It's a giant leap into uncharted territory for these two sonic adventurers and we have spoken to both Plastikman and Chilly to get the inside story on what is a highly addictive and truly stunning record.
Our other main interviews this issue include ex-Propaganda vocalists Claudia Brücken and Susanne Freytag discussing their welcome return as xPropaganda. See what they did there? We also have In The Nursery, Roger Eno, Penguin Cafe, Rodney Cromwell and David M Allen. The latter is best known as the engineer/producer with the likes of The Human League, The Cure and The Sisters Of Mercy, and he has an album of his own now, 'The DNA Of DMA'. He recorded it more than 40 years ago, when he was working with Martin Rushent on 'Dare'. It's a great tale and one not to be missed!
As ever, we have music as well as a magazine. This month's limited edition seven-inch is pressed on crystal clear vinyl and brings together Plastikman's ominous and glorious 'Contain' with 'Contain (In Key)', a dazzling new interpretation of Richie Hawtin's dramatic ambient piece recorded with Chilly Gonzales on piano. The latter is the opening cut of Plastikman and Chilly's 'Consumed In Key' album and is a radical take on minimal techno, something the two artists explore in greater depth and detail as the record progresses, pushing them further and further beyond their comfort zones.