In order to create DE9, Hawtin sampled, sliced, and diced more than 100 different tracks, creating a library of roughly 300 essential loops, which he then reassembled into his own mix. The results are breathtaking. By whittling the excess from the skeletal blips, beeps, whirs, and clicks and cuts that define the sampled records, Hawtin has left the menacing throb of traditional techno behind. By opening up some sonic space within the cluttered rhythm of Decks Efx & 909, he has magnified the inherent funk of the source material. And, by removing the physical limitations of cueing up records, Hawtin is free to bring different sonic elements in and out of the picture at just the right pace, pitting different percussive patterns and textures against one another. As a result, DE9 has nary a dull moment. The album even contains a number of housier elements that lend it a more intimate mood, making for a mix that will play just as well at home as in any laser-lit megaclub.
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