Closer

After 10 years, Richie Hawtin manages to satisfy his core audience and still keep people guessing about the direction of his Plastikman moniker.

After 10 years, Richie Hawtin manages to satisfy his core audience and still keep people guessing about the direction of his Plastikman moniker. A sleeper that takes multiple listens before it begins to sink in, its dark and delicate minimalism contrasts with some of the artist's more bombastic earlier works: urgent dancefloor fare that still drives DJ sets worldwide. "Closer" is Plastikman's most self-reflexive and challenging recording to date, particularly on songs like single "Disconnect," which for the first time features Hawtin's own voice and lyrics as its life force. A kinder, gentler Plastikman is in the works here, and it is more than welcome.—TP