Squarepusher will release a new album, 'Be Up A Hello', via Warp on 31st January
The record will mark a return after a five-year hiatus, which has seen Squarepusher, aka Tom Jenkinson, delve into various other musical projects - including scoring music for the BBC's kids channel CBeebies.
Ex-Terrestrial evokes Autechre, Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada on his debut LP, ‘Gamma Infolded’. Hear the sizzling, technicolour electro cut, ‘Skip Ad’, now
Canadian producer Ex-Terrestrial will release his debut LP, ‘Gamma Infolded’, this Friday 15th November.
Written and recorded in Toronto and Montreal between 2017-2018, the 11-track collection is ethereal and frosty, evoking the likes of Boards of Canada, Autechre and Aphex Twin with its sizzling, glitchy rhythms and hazy, evocative melodies.
The emotional blend of many elements is something Plaid have refined over almost 30 years of recording together as a duo. They’ve moulded a characterful sound from meandering off-world melodies that bound off at unexpected tangents, and beats that skirt the edges of dance music but refuse to conform to stiff regulation. ‘Polymer’ finds Plaid in especially tuneful form, while maintaining the exploratory impulse that has made them one of the UK’s most celebrated leftfield electronic acts.
Though they might intend to make dancefloor-geared material, Plaid’s way of creating sounds instead leads them off on more colourful, non-linear paths, governed by interweaving harmonic ideas rather than gridded beat structures.
“We love dance music and it influences our work, but we find it difficult keeping things simple,” Turner says. “When we’re working on a few bars for hours, it feels natural to keep adding or altering to keep ourselves interested. We want the listener to go back to discover more.”
“The branch of techno we loved initially was the hopeful Detroit version, the Carl Craig, Derrick May, Juan Atkins stuff,” Ed Handley says. “A lot of their earlier output was very positive, it was sort of melancholic, but it was trying to find a better way. It was a response to alienation, trying to create something warm from the technology. I’ve always liked the meeting of the two, where you have this machine quantisation, but then you have these almost romantic harmonies.
Though Plaid appreciate the positive effects of technology — as well as noting its potentially harmful aspects — their feelings on the damage brought about by mass consumption and climate change are clear. Both are supporters of activists Extinction Rebellion, and hail the recent peaceful protests in London as a positive step.
Flying Lotus has announced a new album on Warp Records, 'Flamangra'.
It's the LA producer's first album in five years and is slated to land in May with a host of high-profile collaborators listed in the credits. Little Dragon, George Clinton, Thundercat and Toro Y Moi are amongst those who make appearances.
‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’ was the creation of the fevered imagination and unique musical mind of Richard D James, an artist who’s gone under a huge number of monikers but who is most infamous as Aphex Twin. Released in 1992 on R&S ambient subsidiary Apollo Records, it’s an album that remains a constant muse for experimental and mainstream musicians alike.
Aphex Twin’s entire Warp discography can now be streamed for free, including a number of previously-unreleased tracks.
The IDM and experimental electronic don, AKA Richard D. James, has been a mainstay of Sheffield's Warp Records since the mid-1990s. Now the label's online store will act as the first port of call for those looking to discover his work.
Aphex Twin’s limited-edition cassette, ‘Apex Mt. Fuji 2017’, has now vanished from the Warp Records’ stock room. The label offered one fan the last remaining cassette for making a purchase at London’s Independent Label Market on Saturday 25th November.
The tape was limited to 500 copies and sold exclusively at Japan’s Fuji Rock festival in July. It is now selling for hundreds of dollars online.
Warp has not publicly revealed the winner of Saturday’s rarity.
Aphex Twin's 1999 IDM classic, 'Windowlicker', has appeared in a brand new video campaign for THINK!, the UK government's road safety department.
The clip, entitled 'Pink Kittens', uses a slow-mo edit of the track, the artist's biggest-selling single to date, and footage of a busy South London street in a bid to highlight the dangers of spending 2.3seconds on your phone while driving at 30MPH.