Richie Hawtin vs Ricardo Villalobos
Richie Hawtin is simply one of the most recognized names in electronic music, and not only within the underground: his music reached an audience of millions as part of the official opening ceremonies at this year's Winter Olympics in Turin. Raised in Windsor, Ontario, Hawtin first came to fame in the early '90s for his work as Plastikman, which fused elements of acid with an emerging minimalist style which has continued to be his defining hallmark; for more than a decade now, his releases on Plus 8, Mute, Warp (as F.U.S.E.) and most significantly his own Minus label have defined the possibilities for maximum expression through a modicum of means, utilitizing extreme reduction and repetition to explore a radical sense of psycho-acoustic space. As a performer, Hawtin—who since moving to Berlin in 2004 has become a central figure in that city's techno culture—has distinguished himself as a relentless technological innovator, fusing traditional turntable methods with digital DJ applications like Final Scratch; captured on the mix CDs Decks, FX & 909, DE9: Closer to the Edit, and DE9: Transitions, his 'decks & FX' mix sessions continue to set the pace not only as party-moving fodder but as forward-thinking arguments for re-imagining the DJ's potential in a post-vinyl era.