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Richie Hawtin’s ‘90s acid and ambient techno totem returns to the water, remastered for resounding clarity on this new edition for Warp, who included it on their seminal Artificial Intelligence series along with classics by AFX, Autechre, B12 and the rest
Among the most enduring probes deployed on Hawtin’s Plus 8, ‘Dimension Intrusion’ is a definitive slice of the mid ‘90s techno spectrum. It appeared at an early peak of Hawtin’s creativity and followed a string of 12”s as FUSE (Futuristic Underground Subsonic Experiments/Futuristic Underground Sound Experiments/Further Underground Sound Experiments), including the legendary vs LFO session, with the ultimate summation of his steez at the time. From whirring ambient mechanisms to high velocity pounders and rudest acid downbeats, it’s a best in class example of the little silver box in conversation with synths and drum machines, built to fling and soothe bodies during techno’s halcyon years.
By the late ‘90s, this teenaged writer owned a tape copied version with hand-written J-card ‘cos the vinyl was too spenny or elusive, even back then, and the album’s acclaim and nostalgic stature has only increased in step with its 2nd hand asking price over the years, making this reissue invaluable for acid aficionados and anyone attempting to recapture a lost youth. Trust it still supplies a lip-smackingly satisfying, if at times, slightly quaint, listen in 2023.
For 80 minutes Hawtin oscillates up/down states of mind and body, traversing atmospheric downbeat slink and meat motoring momentum between the 909 trills of ‘A New Day’ and kosmiche lustre of ‘Into the Space’, with legendary club tackle in the cowie jaw acid mastication of ‘F.U.’ and ’Substance Abuse’, or the soaring ‘Mantrax’, with charming electro acid in ‘Downbeat’ and a total ‘90s all-timer in the cyber-pastoral bliss of ‘Theychx’.