April 13, 2010 § Leave a comment
In the wee hours as we crank out design and music and reach for inspiration I always reach for the newest bits of sound to keep me going. This week Autechre’s new Oversteps LP is providing the juice for creation. Check the below video for a taste of the album and also an interesting read from MNML SSGS.
[from mnmlssgs] Listening to their new album, ‘oversteps’, once again i am filled with such deep respect and admiration for these guys. this is one of the rare times i wish electronic music was mainstream, because more should know how brilliant autechre is. they could have stopped 10 years ago and they still would have made an immense contribution to techno. instead, they kept going. and going. always challenging, always pushing forward, always inspiring. simply put, autechre is electronic music at its absolute peak.
thinking about autechre’s unparalleled and completely unique approach and oeuvre, i found these words by sean booth in a new interview really interesting and revealing:
“There was kind of a cynicism that grew up during the 90’s. You had the club circuit people bringing up the new generation of young stars during the late 80’s. Production was limited to singing over awful backing tracks and churning out stuff on a production line. Then the KLF book came out, which was very cynically pointing this out. Then you had a generation of wiser producers who wanted to take this on board on a musical level. Cos no one likes mediocrity and being sold a shit idea, everyone wanted come out with fresh stuff. Which was nice for a bit. But nowadays, kids have grown up with X-Factor and all that shit. So it’s like gone full circle again, the club scene people running the show again. Kids thinking that they can sing and dance and make every single fucking genre of music, do you know what I mean? Its like taking away the personal element.
And kids are growing up now are thinking ‘Im being really expressive, I’m really in control of my life, I’ve got all these goals and agendas’. Whereas having that mindset is exactly the problem. The self image is being programmed externally. But, fuck it, whatever. (laughs).”
i dont really have to much more to say about ae. you could talk for ages about how amazing autechre is, then again, the music and their career speaks for itself. if you haven’t heard the new album, ‘oversteps’, go out and buy it. now. this is clearly one of the stand out releases of 2010. i dont listen to albums as often as i should (i go for mixes, if you hadn’t guessed…), but i’ve had this one on repeat since getting hold of it. the melodies, the patterns, the depth, it is all there, brilliant as ever.
September 1, 2009 § Leave a comment
In his Myspace blog, Flying Lotus dishes on a new album on Warp for 2010 and a DJ Kicks Series release in November. Quite a line-up after releasing last year’s genre-bending Los Angeles album touring extensively and running his own Brainfeeder label. Read more below.
Current mood: anxious
Hey hey folks..
Now that the ‘Los Angeles’ series is finally finished, I think the time is right to start letting everyone know what’s happening…
1. Doing this ‘Dj Kicks’ thing..
I have no idea what’s gonna happen honestly but I’m gonna try and make sure to put on some of those myspace tunes that never came out and some other b-sides and new new, who knows..
hopefully it gets done in the next couple weeks
we’ll see.. Really want to get this out for y’all around November.
2. Just finished up a remix for Shafiq’s upcoming Plug Research LP. Got a couple more remixes to do..
3. Brainfeeder is doing some prettttty fun stuff I have to say, we are starting our ‘Brainfeeder Sessions’ at the Downtown Independent theater in LA every 1st Sunday of the month. Starting Sept 6th.
It’s our platform to bring you some amazing audio and visual experiments . I love going to clubs, but I’ve always wanted to see this music with a strong visual presentation.. So there it is, you can see what it was like when I played there months ago…
for the first one we got Dorian Concept and Dr. Strangeloop doing a special experimental set with visual madness…we’ll also be showing the film ‘Le Planete Sauvage’ on the big screen.
There’s also upcoming releases from Daedelus, Lorn, FLYamSAM, for Brainfeeder soon..(VINYL..wooooo!)
4. Last but not least, im pretty excited to tell you all, the new LP is shaping up nicely.
Being totally honest, I know without a doubt this album IS my best creative work thus far.
I’ve been working with a lot of really incredible people to make this thing the best it can be.
It’s coming out on Warp early next year.
Thank you ALL so so so so much who continue to support my efforts
June 17, 2009 § Leave a comment
Warp enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the highly collectible label will be releasing a box set this September to commemerate it’s 20th anniversary. The package features new songs, older previously unreleased material from Warp artists, tracks selected as some of his personal favorites by co-founder Steve Beckett and the top ten pieces voted for by Warp fans on Warp20.net. It also includes a beautifully produced book showcasing the label’s rich design history, along with an exclusive hour-long mix and a locked-groove vinyl set.
WARP20 (BOX SET) PREORDER INFORMATION:
Warp20 (Box Set) will be available to preorder from Bleep.com. Orders received before 5th July will receive a discount of up to 15% (based on your currency). Due to the premium specification of the item, there can only be one pressing. The quantity manufactured will be based largely on these early preorders, so ordering before 5th July will also guarantee you a copy. A limited number of extra copies will be made for sale after 5th July at full price. Orders will be shipped to arrive by 25th SEPTEMBER 2009.
WARP20 (BOX SET) CONTENTS:
Warp20 (Box Set) comes beautifully packaged in a 10 inch square slipcase wrapped in charcoal Buckram embossed paper with tipped-on gloss-laminated cover photograph, designed by YES, photographed by Dan Holdsworth.
Warp20 (1989-2009) The Complete Catalogue: 192 page book
10” square, 192 page full-colour, perfect-bound book. The complete-ist’s dream – a catalogue of artwork of every Warp release from its inception in 1989 to August 2009. Includes artwork from over 400 sleeves including work by the Designers Republic, Julian House, Build, Universal Everything and Kim Hiorthøy amongst others. Foreword by Warp co-founder Steve Beckett. Black un-coated board cover with debossed and foiled typography.
Warp20 (Chosen): Double CD album
The definitive best of Warp on 2 x CDs. Ten songs chosen by you (Warp20.net), ten songs chosen by Warp co-founder Steve Beckett. Packaged in deluxe case-bound 10” folder, exclusive to this box set. Your personal messages and memories from Warp20.net featured on pullout poster.
Warp20 (Recreated): Double CD album
2 x CDs featuring twenty brand new cover versions of Warp songs by Warp artists past and present; including tracks by Autechre, Harmonic 313, Jamie Lidell, Plaid, Clark, Maximo Park, Leila, Seefeel, Luke Vibert and more… Packaged in deluxe case-bound 10” folder exclusive to this box set.
Warp20 (Unheard): Triple 10” Vinyl
Secret treasures newly rediscovered from the Warp vaults. Unheard and rare tracks by Boards of Canada, Autechre, Broadcast, Elecktroids and others cut to 3 x 10” vinyl. Housed in uncoated card sleeves with debossed typography. Vinyl exclusive to Warp20 (Box Set).
Warp20 (Elemental): CD album
Specially-commissioned hour long piece by re-edit master Osymyso, made from sections, samples, and fragments of Warp music from the last 20 years. Exclusive to Warp20 (Box Set) and packaged in deluxe case bound 10” folder.
Warp20 (Infinite): Double 10” Vinyl
2 x 10” vinyl cuts of hand-picked locked-groove loops from Warp tracks. Four sides of loops for mixing fun. Exclusive to Warp20 (Box Set) and housed in uncoated card sleeves with debossed covers.
March 20, 2009 § 4 Comments
According to BBC6 in the UK the elusive Aphex Twin (aka AFX, Richard James) will be releasing a new album on Warp this year. Steve Beckett, owner of Warp records had this to say in an interview with BBC6:
““We’re definitely going to be putting out a new album by him. Hopefully it will be this year, if I can prise it out of his hands. It’s definitely on its way.”
Speaking about working with the influential artist, Beckett said: “He’s got his own unique view on life and obviously he’s just a genius musician and artist and it’s brilliant to work with him. He’s a genuine, English eccentric. I don’t know a single note or anything about it,” he explained. “It will be as much of a surprise to me as anyone else. Basically I find out what it sounds like when we go into the mastering room and he puts it – well how it used to be, he’ll put the DAT player in and there it’ll be – so that’s the first time I’ll hear it. Then I’ll go onto my knees and thank him and then we’ll put it out.”
Beckett is also in the midst of planning a series of shows to celebrate Warp’s 20th Anniversary, with a big-finale happening in Paris. Aphex Twin has agreed to make an appearance – “The big coup there is getting Aphex Twin to play so that was the one that we were really excited to pin down.”