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Matthew Hawtin

Once Again, Again

(Plus 8; US: 13 Apr 2010; UK: 22 Mar 2010)

If you ever spent any time in an altered state of mind inside of a chillout room at a rave at some point in the 1990s, chances are you were privy to the DJing skills of Matthew Hawtin, the brother of none other than RPM icon Ritchie “Plastikman” Hawtin. Once Again, Again is a seamless compilation of 29 of Hawtin’s most highly favored 12-inches from his crates during the years spanning 1993 and 1998, when he was a regular at such legendary Detroit parties as Sputnik, Hardest, and Heaven and Hell, as well as major national events like Tribal Gathering and Time Warp. And with key chillout classics from Solar Quest, Irresistible Force, Dubtribe Sound System, Sun Electric, Squid, MLO, and a pre-prog Porcupine Tree among many others woven into the blend, this also serves as a definitive anthology of mid-‘90s ambient that any recovering raver should check out.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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