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Warp20 Box Set – Part 1

So, it’s finally arrived. The Warp20 box set.

As I was unpacking it the first question from my step daughter didn’t concern what this marvelous object was, or how it had come to be in our house. No. She wanted to know how much it cost. To which I mumbled “about eighty pounds,” rounding the actual price down and failing to include postage. Things are a bit topsy turvy in our household.

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To the beast itself. The first thing you noticed upon picking it up is the sheer heft. Somehow appropriate, though, when you consider the weight of legacy Warp have created over the last 20 years. So what do you get for your, cough, eighty pounds? There’s 5 CDs covering the (Elemental), (Chosen) and (Recreated) compilations; 5 10″s, of which 2 contain lock grooves and 3 contain unreleased material from the vaults of Warp Towers; and, finally, a 192 page book containing the cover art of every release on the label.

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With the initial examination complete I immediately plumped for the (Recreated) set, which reprises the concept initially laid out in the 10+3 Remixes compilation that formed part of Warp’s tenth anniversary. The idea being that Warp (and related) artists chose a track from Warp’s sizable back catalogue and remix it.

Things get off to a bad start on the first disc with Born Ruffians making an attempt to combine Aphex Twin’s Milkman and To Cure A Weakling Child. Sadly, the childish humour of the original is lost due to a lyrical omission – it is not the milkman’s wife’s tits, per se, that are funny but more the fact that RDJ would like to drink milk from them! Jimi Tenor reprises his role as a 10+3 highlight with his rework of Japanese Electronics by Elektroids, which goes someway to making up for Born Ruffians. I can only assume that Maximo Park’s contribution is intended as a joke? With Born Ruffians and Maximo Park out of the way, Disc 1 is left free to continue unhindered. To my ears, Autechre, Luke Vibert and the lullaby-glitch of Guillermo Scott Herren’s Diamond Watch Wrists deliver the real gems.

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After Mark Pritchard’s almost reverent reinterpretation of 3/4 Heart at the start of disc 2, the time comes for Mira Calix, with the help of Oliver Coates, to return the favour that Boards Of Canada did for her all those years ago when they remixed Pin Skeeling. Her string and field recording laden interpretation of In A Beautiful Place In The Country is very special. I’m still not sure if I’ve forgiven Bibio for turning his back on the guitar-driven tape-tronica that he created prior to signing with Warp, so I’m reserving judgement on his recreation of Kaini Industries by Boards Of Canada for the time being….Oh go on then. It’s excellent! Leila chooses to take on the hyper kinetic drill and bass of Aphex Twin’s Vordhosbn using only an acoustic piano, in some ways echoing the solo piano pieces that featured in the hosting album, Druqks. Disc 2 closes with the welcome return of Seefeel, sadly minus the voice of original member Sarah Peacock, but sounding good nonetheless.

Part 2 to follow….

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  1. September 30, 2009 at 7:21 pm

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