3 Dec
11 CDs, 6 vinyl albums, 1 DVD, 1 book and 1 poster on the complete works of Ritchie Hawtin's most famous alias

One day there will be a Hall Of Fame for techno, and Richie Hawtin will surely be a first ballot entry. One of the most important purveyors of the minimal school, Hawtin was among the second wave of techno artists birthing from Detroit (he was actually from Windsor across the border) in the early 90s and has never slowed his output for the past two decades. Finally Hawtin is collecting his entire oeuvre under his Plastikman moniker into one package, Arkives Komplete, which will drop in February. The deluxe box set features 11 CDs and 1 DVD of live footage and videos, plus a 64-page book that tells the Plastikman story in archival photos and a newly commissioned text. The set includes newly remastered versions of all six previously released Plastikman albums — Sheet One, Musik, Recycled Plastik, Consumed, Artifakts (B.C.) and Closer — and five further CDs of rare, remixed and unreleased material. For vinyl fans, Arkives Komplete also includes 6 pieces of 180 gram vinyl of exclusive tracks and a limited edition poster. The entire 160 song box set even comes personalized, just so you know he cares — pre-order it now for $239. You can also break up the Arkives Komplete set into the Arkives Analog ($80/€55) or Arkives Reference ($199) set if you want to limit the money you spend, or the Arkives Digital edition which can be downloaded offering a ‘lite’ version of the package with a limited selection (90 songs) of exclusive material found in the Reference and Analog editions (€59). But with over 160 songs and videos and live performances, clearly Plastikman’s Arkives Komplete Box Set is the way to go for the dedicated techno and music aficionado.

Couple more looks at the different box sets after the Jump…

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