Autechre ‎– Anti EP

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WAP54 Autechre Anti EP(12", EP) Warp Records WAP54 UK 1994 Sell This Version
WAP 54 Autechre Anti EP(12", EP, Promo) Warp Records WAP 54 UK 1994 Sell This Version
WAP54 Autechre Anti EP(12", EP, W/Lbl) Warp Records WAP54 UK 1994 Sell This Version
WAP54CD Autechre Anti EP(CD, EP) Warp Records WAP54CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
WAP54CD Autechre Anti EP(CD, EP, RE) Warp Records WAP54CD UK 2006 Sell This Version
WAP54CDD Autechre Anti EP(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Warp Records WAP54CDD UK Unknown
WAP54CD Autechre Anti EP(CD, EP, RE) Warp Records WAP54CD UK Unknown Sell This Version

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Dextbot

Dextbot

November 11, 2017
referencing Anti EP, 12", EP, WAP54
"Lost" is a neat track and I'm not too crazy about "Djarum", but "Flutter"... wow.

I've listened to quite a bit of Autechre - this was actually the first Autechre track I ever heard - but this has to be the prettiest sounding track that they've ever made. In the chaotic anti-rave bill influenced beats, the ambient, almost nostalgic (and perhaps even flutter-y :>) melodies keep a serene, almost fantastical mood all throughout before fading into a dreamlike wall of reverberated sound in its last moments.

One of Autechre's most interesting releases. I would pick it up for Flutter alone.

Highlights: "Flutter"
Dansaru

Dansaru

February 8, 2014
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Anti EP, 12", EP, WAP54
"Lost" is mad dark Autechre business, I played it loads "Djarum" is more hard techno
"Flutter" erratic whispering breaks, skipping about all over the place
Beats are arranged with no repetition in order to meet the regulations of a mental new law, this evil "puritan" law mean't no playback of repetitive beats. So Autechre had their breakbeat bleepy, acid techno origins fit perfectly into this scenario. This EP however, it's release actually did educate more people about the ruthless government bill than the mainstream media could cater.
Sheer quality of these earlier tracks
haemingw

haemingw

September 9, 2011
referencing Anti EP, 12", EP, WAP54
Electronic music has never been so political and politics never so musical again after this release.
Reticulum_Flux

Reticulum_Flux

July 28, 2006
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Anti EP, CD, EP, WAP54CD
A pretty essential release if you're a fan of Autechre's Amber album. The Anti EP contains 3 tracks that were created around the same time Amber was being recorded. Apparently this EP was created to basically spit in the faces of those who didn't agree with group gatherings where people listened to music with repetetive beats. Lost and Djarum (which by the way has a sound in it that closely resembles their song "Montreal" from the Amber album. This track could possibly be an inspiration for that track) contain the typical Autechre Repetetive beats, while Flutter is a more spaced out, ambient piece.
Taskmaster

Taskmaster

November 9, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Anti EP, CD, EP, WAP54CD

Pretty damn good EP. Unlike Garbage, this EP was completely new music (Garbage was an EP with tracks that didn't make the final cut for the Amber album). While I do enjoy all 3 tracks on here, I think track 3, Flutter is my favorite. Very dreamy and soothing. A definite must buy if you're a fan of Autechre's Amber era music.
AceBeaty

AceBeaty

October 19, 2005
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Anti EP, 12", EP, WAP54

The 'Ambient Soho' shop had just closed, damn we were too late and already bags half full of cakes from other shops in the area but the little Indian girl owner (which I later learned isn't Indian but South African and named Chantal) felt we weren't from the U.K. and so couldn't visit that shop so often... She was still in the shop with the long bold clerk and two other clients hanging. She came back at the door and let us in, closing back directly after us. What was currently playing there was so amazing, that I stared at the clerk and asked directly for that record. He told me 'No', I felt like falling down in the abyss, 'I can't sell it, it's not out yet, it's a test-pressing'. I insisted as I found that track so great 'I need it now, I know white labels, I buy lots of these, this one is fantastic, I can't leave without it, please, I'll pay you 3 times or your price, whatever'. 'I'm really sorry, I can't do that'. 'Well I'll have to wait until it's out then, test or not it has to be' I concluded, then asked 'Who did this?' (I didn't recognised directly Autechre's music, even if I had previous cakes from them) and while I was totally under the sonic effect of this piece the guy at the turntable pointed me at these two guys in the shop 'They did it' and my all space travelling mate 'Eiffel' gave the duo our little label contact card. 'Ow! These are the guys from the blue record' he told, pointing the logo to his companion: 'Aah! yeah.'. 'What does he said?' asked Eiffel to me, 'They know our records' This is Rob and Sean ... I returned on the continent without this back then yet not officially released "Anti EP" but we had unforgettable good time at Megatripolis where I got tuned for too long into a Californian VJ software named Bliss. Back home I urgently broke up the seal, as an opposition to the Criminal Justice Bill and of course because I could not wait any longer to listen to that new Autechre. Each records brings his memories ... memories can't wait.

p.s. edit: How can some ppl disagree on the above? I was just telling an anecdote!
Oxbow

Oxbow

February 24, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Anti EP, CD, EP, WAP54CD

Yet another highly accessible Autechre release. "Lost" and "Flutter" are the highlights here. Both tracks use Autechre's complex breakbeats and deep, quirky synths to transport you to an eerily beautiful alien landscape.

In order to subvert the Criminal Justice Bill, Sean and Rob make it so no two consecutive measures in "Flutter" have the same beat. One wouldn't expect a good song to arise from such an absurd premise, but "Flutter" is surprisingly easy to keep up with, not to mention deeply emotional. This EP might be gimmicky, but the music on it is great so who cares.
zthrockm

zthrockm

December 15, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Anti EP, CD, EP, WAP54CD

Some have criticized this EP as a novelty, not essential Autechre listening.
I disagree, and think this release is one of the defining releases in Autechre's discography. Autechre has always been known for experimental, forward-thinking and original programming, and their production of the third track on this EP is about as good an example of the above qualities as I've heard in the electronic music genre.
As indicated by the liner notes, Flutter is not repetitive. Rather than approaching the production of non-repetitive dance music as a constraint, it seems as though Autechre took it as an opportunity to create an extremely intricate, complex masterpiece. Listening to it is a pleasure, and it's fun to try to keep pace with the structure in your head (good luck). I'm not so sure it would make the best dance track though!
And the other two tracks aren't bad either; I especially like Djarum. If you see it, pick it up!
urb

urb

November 28, 2002
referencing Anti EP, CD, EP, WAP54CD
Anti EP was meant to be a protest against the 'Criminal Justice Bill', which outlawed gatherings where music with repetitive beats were played (an anti "rave" bill). The cover features a sticker with this text:

"Warning: Lots and Djarum contain repetitive beats. We advise you not to play these tracks. If the Criminal Justice Bill becomes law. Flutter has been programmed in such a way that no bars contain identical beats and can therefore be played at 45 or 33 revolutions under the proposed law. Howeve we advise DJs to have a lawyer and musicologist present at all times to confirm the non repetitive of the music in the event of police harrasment.

Important:
By breaking this seal, you accept full responsibilty for any consequential action resulting from the products use, as playing the music contained within these recordings may be interpreted as oppostion to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill."