Richie Hawtin was a 1990s Detroit techno innovator, although there’s nothing very innovatory about the DJ’s first album of new material as Plastikman in 11 years.

Recorded live in the Guggenheim Museum in New York, EX is an hour-long set of restrained minimalist techno, handsomely produced with grandiose swooshes, ominous bass and rippling synthesiser lines, a superior kind of background music.




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