Listen to PLASTIKMAN's 'EX' Recorded Live at the Guggenheim

Listen to PLASTIKMAN's 'EX' Recorded Live at the Guggenheim

In the week of PLASTIKMAN's exclusive show at Sónar on Thursday, June 12, listen to the eagerly anticipated new album, EX-his first album release since 2003's Closer-here

EX is out now digitally and released on vinyl, CD and limited edition SubPac bundle on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. In addition to the vinyl, CD and digital releases, PLASTIKMAN has teamed up with SubPac to create a Limited Edition Premium Bundle. The album will be presented on vinyl, with a signed certificate of authenticity and a custom PLASTIKMAN edition of the SubPac S1. SubPac is a unique portable bass system that allows an immersive music experience. When you're using the SubPac, the powerful bass and sub-bass frequencies - the sensations you usually only get in a club situation - are reproduced with almost no audible noise meaning you can actually FEEL the music. For more information, go to

PLASTIKMAN, aka Richie Hawtin recorded EX at the Guggenheim, New York's iconic art museum. This very special performance was at the invitation of influential Belgium fashion designer and artistic director at Dior, Raf Simons, for the Guggenheim's annual fundraiser, performed around a specially constructed LED obelisk.

Richie Hawtin explains, "I knew that Raf was a long time Plastikman fan so by accepting his offer to perform at the Dior event at the Guggenheim I knew I'd set myself up to a huge challenge. Although Raf was happy to have the already complete Plastikman Live 1.5 show, I locked myself away in a series of intense studio sessions and quickly recorded enough new material for the performance and realized I might also have enough for a complete new album. The music came out of me effortlessly as I was very inspired by the opportunity to play in this beautiful architectural space renowned more for art than music. The location also allowed me to step far away from the dancefloor, giving me a huge amount of freedom to EXplore any sonic ideas that I had. Art, music, architecture, painting, sculpture - these mediums are supposed to live together."

PLASTIKMAN will perform only one show this year, at Sónar 2014 on Thursday June 12. The new tracks will be presented at the Barcelona festival, pushing the boundaries of techno, offering a synchronicity of art and sound, a place for electronica that's both cinematic and thought-provoking. PLASTIKMAN's career has pushed at the frontiers of dance music, rejecting first the endless drive for faster speeds and, later, the blatant pop aspirations in favour of more imagination and more musical engagement.

Richie Hawtin is many things - an extraordinary DJ, creator of the ENTER. experience, mastermind behind the M_NUS label, technological innovator, art aficionado - in 2011 he collaborated with British sculptor Anish Kapoor for an installation in Paris - and style icon. Before this, though, and perhaps most famously of all, he was and is PLASTIKMAN, an electronic music phenomenon whose followers are legion and fanatic.