There are several reasons to get excited about a pending Autechre release, not the least of which is the radio sessions the IDM originators have made part of each new album. The first one took place in 2010 upon the release of Oversteps, and lasted 12 hours and 176 tracks.
Now the duo is doubling down with two sessions taking place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday to commemorate the release of their Exai, which comes out on March 5th via their longtime home, Warp Records.
The first session kicks off at 3PM EST on the group’s MIXLR page, and ends (we hope) around the same time that Berghain is closing on Monday morning.
One of the interesting things about the existence of a group like Autechre is the reaction from those who experience the duo’s ever-changing music. There are those who cling to the first few albums, checking in for the next 20 years to critique and long for a return to Sean Booth and Rob Brown’s ambient techno style; many graduate and fixate on 2000’s Confield, judging every subsequent album according to that standard (and many of those fans initially dismissed and now either repent or play off their feedback for that record as being too complicated and “cold”). Regardless of the opinion, these people all have one, and it’s often a really fervent online-forum-esque rant. Anything that causes this much passion and tension must have something to it.
We were excited when the BBC/Arts Council began streaming archives of legendary disc jockey John Peel’s record collection, but that pales in comparison to these 450+ John Peel radio shows that were just posted onto Soundcloud. After all, it was Peel’s selection, in addition to his stellar taste in music, that made him an icon of underground music for over three decades. A couple shows date as far back as 1967, but the archive gets thick in the late ’80s and offers virtually every show from then until Peels passing in 2004. Highlights of special shows include John Lennon & Yoko Ono in 1968, Can in 1973, Dead Can Dance (’83), Happy Mondays (’89), Daft Punk live at Tribal Gathering (’96), Plastikman (’98) and Autechre (’04). …
You may have seen the visual works of Tom Scholefield on the sleeves and videos from the camps of LuckyMe, Warp, Underground Resistance and Hyperdub; but through his sonic output as Konx-Om-Pax, you actually get to hear the inner-workings of an enduring and multi-faceted artist. His debut LP on Planet Mu, Regional Surrealism, drew praise from the worlds of the underground and the experimental simultaneously; as the record was a thorough journey into constantly stimulating soundscapes, which this writer mirrors to the works of Vangelis and Milieu. Rich with textures and full of sensitized structures, Konx-Om-Pax displays how freely his music flows by mirroring his ever-expansive visual arts style. We’re honored to have him grace out with a contribution to our SURROUNDINGS feature, as he takes us on a pretty concise tour of his favorite Glaswegian spots, with a slight detour to Greenpoint to a legendary Brooklyn record shop. Check it out after the jump.
Among the hundreds of indie labels that lost tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in merchandice in the weekend’s SONY/PIAS warehouse fire in London, legendary imprint WARP Records is now reporting that most of their 21 year backstock was destroyed. In a statement issued on their website, the label explained the current status of upcoming releases by CANT, Plaid and Battles. More concerning was the reality that some old releases—classic electronic music from Aphex Twin, Autechre, Broadcast and hundreds of other—my never be available in physical form again.
Other beloved labels similarly effected include 4AD, Ninja Tune and Domino. An emergency fund has been set up to help all of the indie labels recover from this devistating blow.
You can read the full statement from WARP after the jump.