This coming April and May sees artists on Richie Hawtin's Minus label taking part in a 50-plus date tour through thirteen countries in support of the label's new compilation 'min2MAX'.
Minus returns to the compilation fold, and appropriately, minus a few letters in its title, with the release of 'min2MAX' in May 2006. The compilation will feature fourteen new musical excursions from artists on the Minus roster including Marc Houle, Gaiser, Troy Pierce and Magda plus new tracks by highly sought after artists, Circo Loco resident Loco Dice, Wink, Konrad Black (from Mathew Jonson's Wagon Repair label) and rising stars Tractile and JPLS. It will also include an additional 12-inch single featuring tracks by Niederflur (aka Misc from Buenos Aires), False (aka Matthew Dear), Barem, and Detroit's Berg Nixon (aka Ryan Crosson).
This latest release on Minus upholds its ethos of shared inspirations, ideas, and international friendships and will be accompanied by one of the biggest tours this spring, spanning thirteen countries and over fifty tour dates between April and May. The 'min2MAX' tour will begin with the 25-date European Tour in April including special guests and Minus artists, some on the same night in different cities, and will conclude in Berlin on April 30 with a special Minus event. Expect to see impromptu collaborations and plenty of surprises on these very select tour dates accompanied by special limited edition tour merchandise.
The compilation release will be available in four formats: 3x12" limited edition vinyl with Mathew Hawtin print, 12-track CD (digipak, single disc), 12" vinyl single with four additional tracks, and as a digital download.
'min2MAX' CD (Total time: 79:15)
Heartthrob 'Baby Kate'
Loco Dice 'Orichide'
Marc Houle 'Simpler'
Konrad Black 'Gink Gank Gonk'
Wink/Name TBC 'Have2GetBack' (instrumental)
Troy Pierce 'GRVL'
Berg Nixon 'Victoria Station'
JPLS 'Twilight 7'
(tracks not in order of play)
Record 1 Minus41A/B
A1. Heartthrob 'Baby Kate' (6:47)
A2. Marc Houle 'Simpler' (5:15)
B. Wink (Name TBC) 'Have2GetBack' (instrumental) (9:20)
Record 2 Minus41C/D
C1. Loco Dice 'Orichide' (10:22)
D1. Magda 'untitled' (6:45)
D2. Konrad Black 'Gink Gank Gonk' (4:39)
'min2MAX' European Tour Dates
01.April_ Harpune - Düsseldorf, Germany - Magda, Troy Pierce, Heartthrob live
06.April_ Electriccity - Dublin, Ireland - Troy Pierce
07.April_ Safahi Lounge - Mainz, Germany - Troy Pierce, Marc Houle live
07.April_ Robert Johnson - Offenbach, Germany - Richie Hawtin & Ricardo Villalobos
07.April_ Zukunft - Zurich, Switzerland - Magda
08.April_ Soap Club - Hannover, Germany - Troy Pierce, Marc Houle live
08.April_ Time Warp - Mannheim, Germany - Richie Hawtin, Magda
13.April_ Kindergarten @ Club V - Manchester, United Kingdom - Magda
14.April_ Late Night Sessions @ The Magnet - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Magda
14.April_ Theatre Principal - Barcelona, Spain - Richie Hawtin, Gaiser live, Troy Pierce
15.April_ Macumba - Madrid, Spain - Richie Hawtin, Gaiser live, Troy Pierce, Magda
16.April_ Lost / M_nus at The Bridge - London, United Kingdom - Richie Hawtin, Magda, Troy Pierce, Heartthrob live
20.April_ Cocktailbar - Stockholm, Sweden - Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer
21.April_ Weetamix - Geneva, Switzerland - Richie Hawtin, Gaiser live
21.April_ Douala - Ravensburg, Germany - Marc Houle live, Troy Pierce
21.April_ Robert Johnson - Offenbach, Germany - Magda
22.April_ Club Indigo - Istanbul, Turkey - Richie Hawtin, Gaiser live
22.April_ Harry Klein Club - Munich, Germany -Troy Pierce, Heartthrob live
22.April_ Bleep - Belgrade, Serbia - Marc Houle live
27.April_ Goa - Rome, Italy - Richie Hawtin, Troy Pierce
28.April_ Klub K 4 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Magda, Heatthrob live
28.April_ Circle Culture Exhibition of Mathew Hawtin - Berlin, Germany - Mathew Hawtin
29.April_ Fonica - Mallorca, Spain - Troy Pierce, Marc Houle live
29.April_ Fuse Club - Brussels, Belgium - Richie Hawtin, Magda, Heatthrob live
30.April_ Minus Party - Berlin, Germany - Richie Hawtin, Magda, Troy Pierce, Marc Houle live, Heartthrob liv
In true Minus tradition, the packaging for the compilation is conceptually connected to the music, with an innovative new print from Mathew Hawtin available only with the limited edition vinyl. The packaging takes the Minus design aesthetic forward with a release defined by its abstract form and distinctive purple and yellow-gold colours.
'min2MAX' is released on Minus on May 22/23, 2006.
Could this spring be the one we all learn how to minimize to maximize?