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.
After spending 2012 providing the vocals for electronic supergroup Mostly Robot, Jamie Lidell has returned to his own solo adventures with his fifth, self-titled album. The first single, “Why Ya Why,” in a super-wonky number that in some ways recalls Lidell’s early IDM work, before he became the blue-eyed soul crooner we know and love. But that doesn’t mean there’s not room for a skronking N’waleans-inspired muted trumpet solo mixed in with the processed vocals and drunken stumble of a synthesizer.
When the next chapter in the history of electronic music is written, look for Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus to be featured on the first page. His visionary take on instrumental hip-hop has taken the world by storm, while his Brainfeeder label has sustained an entire new generation of producers—from Gaslamp Killer to Tokimonsta—who together make up what is known as the LA Beat sound. FlyLo’s fourth album, Until The Quiet Comes, drops next week on Warp Records (a name already written in many chapters of electronic music’s grand history). The album features some of the most significant players in modern music, including Erykah Badu and Thom Yorke. Check out the stream via NPR, and be convinced that Flying …
Flying Lotus‘ new album, Until the Quiet Comes drops in less than two weeks on Warp Records. And while he’s previously given us some snippets of music via the moody short film of the same name, we finally have a full clip for the song “Putty Boy Strut” to enjoy. The colorfully animated video matches the playful vibe of the track—two adjectives not often used to describe stuff coming from FlyLo camp.