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As the series draws to a close, no Warp anthology would be complete without Seefeel, Mark Clifford, Daren Seymour, Justin Fletcher, and Sarah Peacock's iconic, post-rock-electronica group who would make a mark on the early days of Warp records. Bridging guitar-based dream pop and shoegaze stylings with the downbeat, ambient techno and electronica they'd form a unique and characterful landmark on the mid 90s horizon, signing to Warp after early murmurings on independent label Too Pure.

This final volume of this epic Warp series digs the bands Peel session from 1994 and is comprised of "Rough For Radio", "Starethrough", "Vex" and "Phazemaze". Side A drifts through their fuzzy shoegaze electronica and into their slightly claustrophobic blankets of beats, instruments and texture wrought with blackened circuits. Side B opens with the mournful techno of "Vex" before the gloopy static swamp of "Phazemaze" completes the selection with an experimental piece worthy of John Peel's cult sessions....

What a way to end the series! Pheewwwee. Gotta get 'em all!!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Like label mates Plaid, Seefeel's world is that of mystery, exploration blurred boundaries. Existing in liminal and hallucinatory plains yet guided by a humane and sympathetic outlook. This final edition of Warp Session finds the band in exquistive form.

London's seminal electronica act Plaid are subject to Warp's 'TX' reissue series, focusing on their second Peel session from 1999.

Sounding decidedly fresh and futuristic, even by today's standards, "Housework" kicks off the EP beautifully. Centered around a rotating sub bass, technoid perx accentuate the stereo field while tense synths occupy the recesses. Wet and wild electronix from Andy Turner and Ed Handley who would later go on to record under a variety of pseudonyms (The Black Dog, Atypic, Balil etc) before reforming as Plaid in more recent times. Here we see the duo's obvious love of the new techno sound emanating out of America and Europe, and keen for them to put their own mark on the genre.

Downbeat, slightly melancholic and with a more dusty, sample-based palette; "Kiterider" amply demonstrates that the duo were also more that capable of making evocative downtempo soundscapes that perfectly sat alongside other UK acts like Boards Of Canada, DJ Shadow and the growing popularity of instrumental hip-hop.

"Elide" seems unique to this session and I'm unable to find it recorded under any other instance, It's a quirky and frenetic outing which references Lemon Jelly and Air France in many aspects with its quick paced breakbeats and blue sky chord progression.

"Lazybeams" is the last highlight to be lifted from the session; a slow-motion drizzle of electronic elements ricocheted and twisted through a series of complicated outboard processes as the duo show of their impressive technical abilities whilst still remaining true to their musical and mellifluous aesthetic. True excellence from this well celebrated British act. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: The intriguing and beguiling world of Plaid is thoroughly explored on this Peel session from 1999. There's no-one quite these cats, here you'll see why!

Brooklyn's Daniel Lopatin has had one hell of career, practically dominating the new synth experimental movement since his casette debut in 2007. For Warp's eighth release in the 'TX' series we skip continents to LA, with Oneohtrix Point Never's 2018 session for KCRW radio is documented here.

As per the format now, four highlights are lifted from the session and presented here for our enjoyment. "Love In The Time Of Lexapro" is a long standing favourite live performance by our man, and this particular instance is a dream on the ears - musical, tectonic and cataclysmic all at once.

"RayCats", taken from the "Age Of" LP is an experimental number comprised of rhythmic nuances such as singing bowls, wind chimes and 'perc frog' scrapes before being decorated with some skilled synthesizer work - bright leads, lysergic swirls and emotive washes all centering in on this wonderful slice of futuro-exotica.

"Toys 2" shows off all dazzling flamboyance of 5D charisma of the artist's impressive synth array. Not a million miles away from James Ferraro's new new age masterpiece: "Farside Virtual", it highlights this transitional and momentous period, proto-vapourwave when Lopatin and friends were regarded as heroes of the Nu World, their bright optimistic synthscapes an escape from the hatred and separation that began to sweep through society. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Whilst Lopatin's work has gone from filmic ambient synth work (Rifts, Returnal) to more glitchy, beat based mayhem (Garden Of Delete), he's always maintained a focus on richly textured layers of synth pads and a slowly shifting instrumental weight. This 2018 session perfectly displays his unbeatable grasp of the fine balance between dynamics and weight, balancing the impassable mountain of sound with micromelodies and barely perceptible atmospheric movement.

Volume.... seven I think we're up to know in this thorough and expansive Warp 'TX' series - made up of sessions old and new from a plethora of Warp's flagship acts.

Another newer addition to the ranks, Mount Kimbe records a brand new session for the label comprised of four tracks: "You Look Certain", "Delta", "Marilyn" featuring Micachi and "Made To Stray".

A far cry from Dominic Maker and Kai Campos's dubstep-indebted beginnings, "You Look Certain" and "Delta" contain technicoloured, spiraling, almost psychedelic leads - buzzsaw synths, purring organs and motorik drums propelling the tracks forward at a rate of knots.

"Marilyn", one of the duo's biggest tracks, is re-done achieving new levels of intimacy through a slightly stripped back and live sounding arrangement. Finally "Made To Stray" from 2013's "Cold Spring Fault Less Youth" closes off the EP with one of their more introspective, yet vastly gigantium pieces. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Martin says: Some of my favourite Mount Kimbe tunes all reproduced on this vital Warp session. These alternative takes are just as good as the originals making this set an imperative release for fans of this unique act.

Stone-cold vintage Peel session here from early UK 'bleep-techno' pioneers LFO; whose 1990 visit to John's infamous studio forms the basis of this sixth volume of Warp's 'TX' series.

Listening to "Take Control", you'll easily recognize the blueprint that would see Mark Bell and Gez Varley regarded as innovators across dance music. "To The Limit" combines space-aged synths with jack claps and diva vox then associated with the acid house scene taing over England.

"Rob's Nightmare", an apt name for the creeping darkness opening the B-side, preceeded their first album, "Frequencies" and seems, to all intents and purposes to be receiving its first wax outing here - all rejoice!

"Lost World" concludes the set with more idiosyncratic beats n bleeps from the Leeds pair. I have to admit I don't really know where this one begun itself, but it's sounding substantial in this Peel session occurrence.

Essential stuff for any LFO devotee and another sterling addition to the Warp catalogue - check! 


Kelly Moran, one of the more recent and avant garde of Warp's signings eschews the dancefloor in favour of something more freeform and dare-I-say-it, thought-provoking on this new session.

Recorded specifically for Warp's 'TX' series, the five tracks here show off the composer's multi-instrumental and classically trained ear perfectly. "In Parallel" and "Helic 2" are both transmitted acoustically, and demonstrate advanced skill on both harp and piano compositions.

"Interlude 1" opens side B with a tranquil moment of eastern mystery, before "Love Birds" opens up a bouquet of staccato wind chimes. Enchanted and completely ethereal, it's like your stood in a magical mood garden full of Elven-sorcery and sprite-like figures.

"Radian" concludes, a heart wrenchingly powerful solo piano missive with suspended organ drones as underlay.

A breathtaking piece of modern classical mixed with atmospheric electronica and a standout piece from the series. Recommended. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: A really strong session from Kelly who shuns convention and delivers an arresting piece of modern classical greatness. If like me you know little of this artist, this is an excellent insight!

Flying Lotus

Presents INFINITY Infinitum - Maida Vale Session

We skip across BBC studios to Maida Vale for the next installment of Warp's TX reissue series.

Four tracks from FlyLo's stupendous "INFINITY INFITITUM" session, recorded in 2010. Starting with "MmmHmm", suspended on elevated chords and with his punchy, meandering bass sound resplendent throughout; it's a celestial and urgent affair all at once.

"Golden Axe" is a showcase of musicianship - with highly accomplished bass solos and moody brass journey throughout woodland moods and into enchanted realms.

Side B sees dancefloor-ready cut, "Tea Leaf Dancers" skip over woodblocks and fluttering organ lines with Andreya Triana's distinctive and sensual vocal delivery more than bolstering the sum of the track's worth.

"Drips", the most electrified and experimental of the set dazzles the listener with wide-spectrum synthlines, wild saxophone and rampant bass and drum interplay. Add a fully accomplished jazz group and you've got yourself a high watermark, free-jazz staple for the 22nd century.

Detailing an artist mid-flow state and still in his ascention, this 2010 selection show us how skilled and inventive this new force of modern jazz was, and still is nine years later. Mammoth! 


No. 2 in this essential series for Warp fans old and new. Star signing Bibio's idiosyncratic of pastoral electronic folk, peppered with hip-hop production and soulful vocals made a huge impact when he first came on the scene ten years ago.

These four tracks, plucked from the artist's expansive discography, highlight the delicate and organic side to this producer beautifully, redolent of rolling green hills and the indelible English countryside, given a modern spin and electric hum. There's no one quite like Bibio, yet his vibrations and inflections are so joyous and accessible to all.

"Lovers Carvings", surely the EPs highlight sets this tone perfectly - a song based on vocal harmonies that's make Fleet Foxes takes note, delicately picked guitar lines and a gentle percussive thrust carrying it ever forward and into the hearts and minds of its listeners. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: While Bibio has been moving more towards an effervescent distillation of disco and indie-electronics, this session for Warp includes some of his most airy, beautiful pieces, and needs to be heard by anyone with a passing interest in his music. If you don't like this, you don't like Bibio.

Kicking off a tasty set of reissues from long running bastion of UK electronic music - Warp; comes this amazingly futurist Aphex session from 1995. Recorded for the infamous John Peel Sessions, the twelve contains four tracks culled from the session.

Starting with the mutant cosmic disco of "Slo Bird Whistle" which in present day setting seems more than at home alongside the current slew of slow EBM music, albeit rife with AFX's child-on-acid hilarity and discord.

"Radiator" sees that trademark foray into weirdness that would characterize much of this demigod's output through his career. Riddled with disonance, glitchy techno beats and staccato acid squelches, this is self coined 'Cornish acid', true to source.

"P-String" on side B displays his stadium-tickling, sound-art credentials as a pummelling kick and dark string converge on a monster mix that's full of foreboding and tension. Accompanied by the artist's iconic visuals, these are some of the pieces that would make his live show one of the most feverishly adored on the planet.

Finally, we get the stoned, student-bedroom afterparty haze of "Pancake Lizard" which effortlessly drifts off into a chemically induced daydream; gentle strings manipulated against baggy breakbeats and a mid 90s grainy hue.... ahh the good old days.

Classic AFX - back on wax - you know what to do! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Top drawer Peel session from the Cornish acid pioneer. Kickin' off this monolithic Warp Sessions series in fine style.

Third release in Warp's new reissue series and it's another Peel Session from another stalwart of UK electronica - Boards Of Canada.

Taken from 1998 it features landmark tracks, "Aquarius (Version 3), "Happy Cycling", "Olson (Version 3)" and "XYZ".

Demonstrating the act's uncanny knack at crafting dreamy, cinematic-cum-fairylike soundscapes, glued together by dusty breakbeats and DIY electronix, tracks like "Aquarius" and "Happy Cycling" are treasured artifacts amongst long-term fans and newbies alike.

Two experimental tracks decorate side B, smothered in electrostatic and musicality combined, the two elements that would make this act such a formidable force during their heyday and such a well respected addition to British electronic music.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: A vital piece of the Boards jigsaw; this late 90s John Peel session is a high watermark of creativity and subtlety from this bastion of UK electronica.


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