Experiencing a Richie Hawtin live set is a rite of passage for minimal fans. Hawtin is one of techno’s most influential figures — a visionary artist who is perpetually experimenting with technology and sound to create immersive musical experiences. Built on the core principle of “less is more,” Hawtin’s style is heavily influenced by the culture of techno’s twin capitals — Detroit and Berlin. Once you’ve experienced a Richie Hawtin live set, you can speak with genuine authority about the subject of dance music.
Hawtin’s U.S. appearances come few and far between, so catching one of his ENTER parties Stateside is pretty difficult. Indeed, there are still some of us who are still very, very bitter that his set at EDC Vegas was canceled because of the wind. This live set, recorded at the ENTER opening party last week at Space Ibiza, offers a hint of consolation. It’s delicately trippy, featuring disjointed samples and omnipresent high hats complemented by moody melodies and the occasional jarring sound.
At nearly three and half hours long, this set was designed for the dance floor and not home listeners. That being said, if you give this groove a shot, you’ll find time slipping by quicker than you might expect. Play it in the background and it might just make this long Friday the 13th workday a lot more bearable.