- Artist: Various
- Title: Minimize To Maximize
- Label: Minus
- Catalog: MINUS25
- Release date: March 8th 2005
- Heartthrob: Hot Sugar Candy Apple Taffy
The concept behind Minimize To Maximize, the first Minus compilation to date, was to join together new and exclusive cutting edge music rather than just collect up the past. For these producers (and many of us listeners) in the Minus family, electronic music is not simply background music to a lifestyle but has become a part of our lives. Ups and downs, changes and reflections, the music and the times Minimize To Maximize.
In 1998, Richie Hawtin set out to venture even further into the outer limits of new music and its experiences by starting Minus. Over the past six years, Minus artists have grown into a group of friends (some old, some new) from across Canada, the US, Germany, Spain, the UK and more. Building on the expansive sound and energy of Minus during 2004, Minimize To Maximize assembles an international variety of people, moods and tempos, all searching for the next wavelength in new music.
Minimize To Maximize combines new producers on the scene weaved in with some mavericks and rising personalities like Matthew Dear and Mathew Jonson. Hawtin’s Circles takes his Plastikman space even deeper with pulsing beats and animated panning that lives up to its title. This sonic weirdness is equally met by the out-there techno frenzy of the unidentified Dinky Dog on UnEasy Horizons. Another track to mess with your equilibrium while keeping you grounded, it twists and tweaks that deep sound to the extremes.
From Detroit to Brooklyn, Windsor to Berlin, or Cologne to Madrid, the geographical scope of Minimize To Maximize is an inside glimpse at the time zones versus the tones. Bass professors Niederflur (Cologne) bring back their soundtrack to the U-Bahn while their Madrid-based compatriot Nacho Bericochea conjures up a precise wave of minimal flanges with Uno.
Matthew Dear and Marc Houle are trying to tune-up the Detroit/Windsor border with their adventurous and inventive export of minimal techno funk. Dear was named XLR8R Magazine’s Artist of the Year (no easy feat) while Houle has been hitting it hard with recent solo live shows showcasing his new release Restore.
A group of three friends evolved into the international trio Run Stop Restore, combining two minimal-freakout-house-techno DJs Magda and Troy Pierce along with Marc Houle and his synth-pop overtones. Where Houle emphasizes minimal-bass with his East To West, Pierce goes into the deep and dark waters alone as Slacknoise, releasing a snap-back elastic techno shot, Permanent Marker. Magda’s solo debut The Black Door is a collage of cloudy Twilight Zone atmospheres and scattered techno. Not a member of Run Stop Restore, but definitely connected by Brooklyn, Heartthrob (aka Jesse Siminski) also debuts on Minimize To Maximize. Hot Sugar Candy Apple Taffy is just that; playful alien scales and melodies dripping in bass.
Canada’s electronic cultural contribution is rising to top levels with producers like Mathew Jonson raising the flag higher and higher. After a restless year of releases and remixes, Mathew has truly won the hearts and minds of anyone that has experienced his performances. Heading east we also hear from Montreal’s Pheek (Epsilonlab, Archipel). His Minus debut, Le Plan B, turns up the texture with an uncompromising mix all his own. The fertile outreach of new Canadian music easily heralds the brilliant influence of the Mutek festival. It’s no wonder that Mutek is where Hawtin decided to re-launch his Plastikman live performance in 2004 after a nine year hiatus. Some things are coming around in Circles while in 2005 we can only hear forward.