Ok the kind folks at M-nus have finally decided to release Arkives “a full retrospective of Plastikman media from 1993 – 2010”. And if you are wondering what exactly full means, well read on. This made to order limited to release comes in many flavors, and is sure to make Hawtin and Plastikman fans grin ear to ear. He will also be touring the US, and after seeing/hearing his phenomenal live show in Detroit, you best make the rounds.
Here is the skinny:
Arkives, which is a strictly limited, made-to-order edition-only as many copies will be manufactured as have been pre-ordered between October 10 through December 31-will be released in four different formats:
Reference (11-disc CD/DVD/book edition)
Analog (6 records on 180-gram vinyl in a deluxe box, with poster)
Digital (digital download version)
Collection (including all CDs, vinyl, book, DVD, and bonus digital downloads)
Arkives Reference, the main personalized edition, features 11 CDs and 1 DVD. The deluxe packaging includes a slipcase with foldout sleeves for all 12 discs, 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 and unreleased material:
Rekonstruktions collects Plastikman’s classic and hard-to-find remixes for other artists, including La Funk Mob, System 7, New Order, Depeche Mode, Hardfloor, and even an unreleased remix of his own Robotman project.
Replikants features all-new remixes specially commissioned for the project, in which Hawtin’s influences and heroes rework Plastikman’s back catalog. Reaching far beyond the world of techno, the disc features luminaries such as Vince Clarke, Cliff Martinez, François Kevorkian, Moby, Chris & Cosey, Severed Heads, Flood and Mute’s Daniel Miller & Gareth Jones.
Two further CDs contain previously unreleased material. One features the never-before heard, complete recording session from which "Spastik" emerged, along with an unreleased John Peel in-studio live session. Still more previously unreleased Plastikman material follows on the second of these CDs, including the soon-to-be-released single "Slinky." Finally, Nostagik collects rare, out-of-print, vinyl-only editions and bonus Plastikman tracks