Classic Plastikman Album Gets Reworked
Mar 8, 2022
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Richie Hawtin, AKA Plastikman, has reworked his classic 1998 album, Consumed, with the help of Grammy Award-winning pianist Chilly Gonzales. The new project will release a triple vinyl set via Turbo Recordings on April 1st, 2022.
This contemporary reinterpretation is presented as a new record called Consumed In Key. Like the original, it features ten atmospheric techno tracks but with reenergized piano parts composed by Gonzales.
This innovative project goes back to the 20th anniversary of Consumed, released in 2018. Gonzales heard the album and thought it could be worked within his repertoire. So he created demos using unique loose melodies, time structure, and flow, creating piano-led counterparts within the standing tracks.
After pitching this to Tiga, a mutual friend of Chilly and Hawtin, the project began to take shape. Tiga, as executive producer, became a sounding board for ideas, helping to translate the thought processes of two artists coming from distinctly divergent worlds.
Chilly recorded his solitary arrangements, and upon completion, Hawtin came on board to meld the new combined work. This process allowed each artist their own space within the project, allowing them to have a "sonic conversation" rather than a conventional collaboration or remix.
Consumed in Key will be available digitally and as a deluxe triple vinyl LP on April 1st, 2022. The artwork is a reinterpretation of the original album sleeve, flipped to black and white and with the cutout size transposed to the dimensions of a piano key. The vinyl and packaging were made with recycled materials.
You can now hear the first song from the LP "Contain (In Key)."