Is there anyone in electronic music who’s carved out their own space as successfully as Rob Brown and Sean Booth, aka Autechre? They are way out on the left field with their mastery of technology and brain-buggering technology, yet solidly popular too. And though they’ve spawned hundreds of imitators, their smashed beats, glistening sounds and evolving structures are unique and instantly recognisable. We could tell you that ‘Cloudline’ and ‘Recks on’ here have a sensual hip hop swing, while ‘FLeure’ and ‘Irlite (get 0)’ scamper along on frenetic, fragmented electro rhythms, and that there are acid gurgles and claustrophobic cocoons of reverb throughout – but this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the two and a half hours of music. You have no choice but to surrender to the pleasure and confusion of the Autechre experience to appreciate what it’s about. Not always easy, but definitely worth it.
File under: Gritty paean to 80s electronica
Download: ‘Pale Green Ghosts’, ‘Blackbelt’, ‘Sensitive New Age Guy’
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