Plaid

Plaid

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Ed Handley and Andy Turner started recording as Plaid while still members of Black Dog Productions. The first Plaid album, Mbuki Mvuki, was released in 1991.
In 1995, Ed and Andy ended their five year collaboration with Ken Downie and left The Black Dog. Plaid released the Android EP that same year, and the pair began rechanneling their efforts full-time. Plaid goes on to perpetually produce a steady stream of inventive, warm, vivacious electronic music.
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Plaid Discography

Albums

BDP LP01 Plaid Mbuki Mvuki (Album) Black Dog Productions BDP LP01 UK 1991 Sell This Version
RUMBLE LP1 Mind Over Rhythm / Plaid Mind Over Rhythm / Plaid - Mind Over Rhythm Meets The Men From Plaid On The Planet Luv (Album) Rumble Records RUMBLE LP1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
RTD 126.3366.2 Plaid Not For Threes (Album) Warp Records RTD 126.3366.2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
WARPCD63, warpcd63 Plaid Rest Proof Clockwork (Album) Warp Records, Warp Records WARPCD63, warpcd63 UK 1999 Sell This Version
BRC- 37 Plaid Double Figure (Album) Warp Records BRC- 37 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
district 006 William Rusere Featuring Regina Ndoro & Ben Rusere / Synthetics By .Mils*, Burnt Friedmann*, Gaby Kerpel, Plaid William Rusere Featuring Regina Ndoro & Ben Rusere / Synthetics By .Mils*, Burnt Friedmann*, Gaby Kerpel, Plaid - Shona Folk Melodies(CD, Album, Comp) District Six district 006 UK 2001 Sell This Version
BRC-84 Plaid Spokes (Album) Warp Records BRC-84 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
WARPCD139P, WARPD139P Plaid & Bob Jaroc Plaid & Bob Jaroc - Greedy Baby (Album) Warp Records WARPCD139P, WARPD139P UK 2006 Sell This Version
SVWC 7437 Plaid Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート) O.S.T.(CD) Aniplex SVWC 7437 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
SVWC 7470 Plaid Tekkonkinkreet Remix Tekkinkonkreet (鉄コン筋クリート Remix: 鉄筋コンクリート)(CD, Album, Enh) Aniplex SVWC 7470 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
BRC-217 Plaid Heaven's Door (Album) Beat Records BRC-217 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
BRC-305LTD Plaid Scintilli (Album) Warp Records BRC-305LTD Japan 2011 Sell This Version
WARPCD215 Plaid Scintilli(CDr, Album, Copy Prot., Promo) Warp Records WARPCD215 UK 2011 Sell This Version
WAP344D Plaid The Carp And The Seagull OST (Album) Warp Records WAP344D UK 2012
WARPCD250 Plaid Reachy Prints (Album) Warp Records WARPCD250 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Gen P (X) 7 Plaid Scoobs In Columbia General Production Recordings (GPR) Gen P (X) 7 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CLRX 409, CLR 409 Plaid Android Clear CLRX 409, CLR 409 UK 1995 Sell This Version
WAP95P Plaid Undoneson (Maxi, Single) Warp Records WAP95P UK 1997 Sell This Version
NTH-97053 Plaid Peel Session (EP) Warp Records NTH-97053 US 1999 Sell This Version
WAP 103 Plaid Booc Warp Records WAP 103 UK 2000 Sell This Version
WARPLP74DJP Plaid Scoobs In Colombia / Fly Wings Warp Records WARPLP74DJP UK 2000 Sell This Version
WARPCD84P Plaid Squance / Zala / Twin Home Warp Records WARPCD84P UK 2001 Sell This Version
WAP158CD Plaid P-brane EP (EP) Warp Records WAP158CD UK 2002 Sell This Version
WARP139BS Plaid & Bob Jaroc Plaid & Bob Jaroc - Super Positions(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Warp Records WARP139BS UK 2006
WAP237D Plaid Faster(File, MP3, Single, 320) Warp Records WAP237D UK 2007

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anton.hystrix

anton.hystrix

July 7, 2015
Maybe I'm the one who really dislikes these guys. Their music is too much eclectic and "positivistic", all these strange melodies, I don't get it at all. It's unfair when so much people say that they are "the best and the most creative musicians blablabla". There are hundreds of good composers out there.
I'm happy that they left The Black Dog which eventually led to its switch from ugly IDM to powerful techno and strong ambient, thanks to Martin and Richard Dust. Seriously, the only track I like from the "old" Black Dog stuff is "Jupiler".
kaheksija

kaheksija

May 4, 2009
I most definitely agree with the statement above (although every warp headliner is unique in it's own way). They play with sound in a most unique way, so the result is usually a vison of some kind of mechanism, be it a clock, a robo-toy or a factory. The atmosphere on a first album is cheerful and melodies easily remembered, but their sound evolved into more complex, sometimes gloomy, soundscapes. Visual (video and animation) part is also inseparable aspect of their band identity.
scubba

scubba

October 6, 2008
I mean seriously. Try to beat the sophistication, the complexity and yet musical quality of a track like "zeal", with its multiple layers, its roaring basses and the perfect yet humanized drum programming. It is full of thought and detail and I seriously think that each one of their tracks stands for something that is important to Ed and Andy. This is no "let's try and make something that sounds cool". No one nighter, this is the top end of IDM at its finest.
scubba

scubba

October 6, 2008
I can only agree. I have ssen them live three times and own pretty much everything by them. and i must say that their music, allbeit electronic, has so much sould, thought and life in it. the melancholy and depth is stunning. to me it is like they are painting their feelings with music in the weirdest possible colors. being a musicvideo artist and director i can only say that it is my biggest wish to shoot something for them.
Kowarisuki

Kowarisuki

May 29, 2007
edited over 8 years ago
The paradox of Plaid is that they at first 'sight' seize the attention of people who usually poorly perceive electronic sound. I think Ed and Andy discovered new horizon of IDM. Very deep insight into melody and sound makes Plaid so creative that I doubt they can ever write a mediocre release. And all the tricks they can make with original tracks... Try to get all their remixes on many releases and compare with the originals – you will definitely hear the difference. A 'must listen' for any devotee of Intelligent Dance Music.
baj

baj

February 15, 2007
edited 9 months ago
Year after year we see music awards shows where the mainstream basks in glory- money, fame etc. A parade of mediocrity.

Why do I bring this up here? Because I think Ed Handley and Andy Turner are two of the most talented musicians on the planet. Very, very, very few musicians put you in a world you don't want to leave...make music that makes you feel like a better person for having listened to it, that inspires you, that appeals to any music lover.
wtmporter

wtmporter

July 16, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
You might notice as you read comments on individual Plaid releases that even Plaid's fans can't really make up their minds about what's good and what's not. This is because Plaid are artists of such sophistication that it usually takes months of listening before you know what they're up to with a given album; sometimes you never find out, but return, perplexed, over and over again. Their four albums are very different and at first each seems seriously flawed, though with enough gems among the rubble to redeem it. After a while you realise that in fact it's largely gems and very little rubble, and after that there's just no calling it between the albums. (How many other artists have no undisputed best album or best couple of albums?) You just don't find depth like this in much electronic music--Plaid can really do things with sound.
Smag

Smag

October 23, 2003
Just got the new album "Spokes" and it's got some of the freshest tunes I've heard all year. Really innovative ideas that work well. Lots of resonating bell noises and some fast, diving beats. The production quality is first class and you get the feeling the boys have put a lot of time and thought into this. Full of soul. Bloody excellent.
dom_green

dom_green

October 4, 2003
Plaid: THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD. Who can surpass them when it comes to writing, producing & remixing? Well, you can try and think of someone, but at the end of the day there isn't anyone! From the early days (Undoneson) to now (Spokes), everthing they have done has been of the highest quality. With an amazing insight into music they touch everyone who hears them. 'Never to be bettered, never to be beaten'

May 22, 2003
What can i say about PLAID, I love them, I cant stop playing there records over and over and over.
not one shit track not one shit remix.
must be the best band in the world ever,I meat the men form plaid in cardiff a few years back and very nice lads they are to.
long live PLAID.
best band on warp and best band ever.

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