Richie Hawtin shares 1996’s ‘CONCEPT 1’ album 25 years after original release
Richie Hawtin’s CONCEPT 1 series will be available in its entirety as a digital release and distributed as an exclusive album package through Bandcamp.
CONCEPT 1 was first started in 1996 as a subscription series that featured a limited run of monthly 12-inch releases at 2000 each. Now, 25 years after its initial launch, CONCEPT 1 will now be available as both individual tracks and a complete package included with a bonus track. The re-release will be followed by a triple vinyl release and a final release on all digital streaming platforms. Previously, the series was reissued in 2007 as a double-CD set.
The 24-track journey showcases one of Hawtin’s most pivotal record releases, depicting the producer’s early experimentation of the minimal and acid techno sound of the mid-1990’s. The re-release of CONCEPT 1, offers a first time listen to the hypnotic project in complete digital form. On the release, Hawtin states,
“This release marked a real shift in my production style in 1996, and was the start of a significant chapter in my recording career. Everything was handled independently – from design to distribution to a subscription service to accompany it – so releasing this with Bandcamp now really captures that spirit of the landscape back in the mid-nineties. Concept 1 was recorded in isolation at a time when I was not allowed to enter the USA and with everything going on in the world at this moment, it felt like the right time to finally release this project to a larger audience. Without the year of experimentation around the recording process of Concept 1 in 1995, I would never have gotten to the reduction that I was able to achieve later on the recording style of Plastikman Consumed. In that way this is as an important album for me than any of my Plastikman albums.”
Listen to CONCEPT 1 below.
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