Plus 8/Novamute, 1997
“Sickness” continues the Plastikman tradition of minimalist tracks. Less is more, as pitches drop and echoes change to an unrelenting beat. Are those stretched out bits repeating in the right channel vocals? We’ll probably never know. This cut effectively conveys a feverish delirium. The hard beats are fit for dancing, but the subtle hypnotic patterns are definitely meant for your mind. Also on the single is “Panikattack” with innovative reverb effects which stretch a single beat into a catchy drum lick. There’s also a live version of “Slak” combined with “Kriket.” If you enjoyed this groove the first time around, you’ll love Hawtin’s tinkering, which leaves you waiting in suspense the mere seconds it takes for the melody to drop back in. Plastikman fans should snatch up this release. If you’re unfamiliar with Hawtin’s work, you may want to listen to it first.