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London duo 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 - Above & Beyond album art Carbinax Tiger By The Tail (Plaid Drone Remix) Carbinax - Above & Beyond (Album) Touched - Music For Macmillan Cancer Support UK 2019 Sell This Version
Mindcast.56 Plaid - Mindcast Mixtape 04/2019 album art Karsten Pflum Huba (Plaid's 15 Years Lost Remix) Karsten Pflum - Mindcast Mixtape 04/2019(File, MP3, Mixed, Mixtape, 320) Mindwaves Music Mindcast.56 Germany 2019
Mindcast.55 Plaid - Mindcast Mix Recording 03/2019 album art P(h)onyCat Big Time Sensuality (Plaid Remix) P(h)onyCat - Mindcast Mix Recording 03/2019(File, MP3, Mixed, Mixtape, 320) Mindwaves Music Mindcast.55 Germany 2019
PIASR991T Plaid - People Will Always Need Coal album art Public Service Broadcasting They Gave Me A Lamp (Plaid Remix) Public Service Broadcasting - People Will Always Need Coal(12", Single, Ltd, 180) [pias], Play It Again Sam PIASR991T UK 2018 Sell This Version
Plaid - Twisted Up & Turned Around album art Ariadne's Labyrinth* Nola's Salon (Plaid Remix) Ariadne's Labyrinth* - Twisted Up & Turned Around (Album) Touched - Music For Macmillan Cancer Support UK 2018 Sell This Version
EPM70D Plaid - Dust Storm Remixes album art Oliver Way Dust Storm (Plaid Remix) Oliver Way - Dust Storm Remixes(4xFile, MP3, 320) Epm Music EPM70D 2018
Plaid - Scene Delete : Remixes #3 album art Sasha Abacus (Plaid Remix) Sasha - Scene Delete : Remixes #3 LateNightTales UK 2017 Sell This Version
Plaid - Scene Delete: The Remixes album art Sasha Abacus (Plaid Remix) Sasha - Scene Delete: The Remixes (Comp) LateNightTales UK 2017
PIASR 973DS2 Plaid - They Gave Me A Lamp (Plaid Remix) album art Public Service Broadcasting Public Service Broadcasting - They Gave Me A Lamp (Plaid Remix)(File, FLAC, 44k) Play It Again Sam PIASR 973DS2 UK & Europe 2017
ASVN041 Plaid - Africa Seven Presents Afrosonique Vol1 album art Various Les Cavaliers (Plaid Edit Over Dub) Various - Africa Seven Presents Afrosonique Vol1(2xLP, Comp) Africa Seven ASVN041 UK 2017 Sell This Version
bdrtb07 Plaid - The Brood Remixed album art Gareth Whitehead The Villain (Plaid Remix) Gareth Whitehead - The Brood Remixed(CDr, Album) Bullet:Dodge bdrtb07 UK 2017 Sell This Version
none Plaid - Gone Rogue album art Mary Epworth Gone Rogue (Plaid Remix) Mary Epworth - Gone Rogue(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Sunday Best Recordings none UK 2017
Plaid - Remixes For Mercury Retrograde & The Faex has Decimated album art Roel Funcken / Legiac Textures (Plaid Rmx) Roel Funcken / Legiac - Remixes For Mercury Retrograde & The Faex has Decimated (Comp) Funcken Industry Netherlands 2016
Plaid - Brainbox album art Various Where Did He Go … And Why (Plaid Remix) Various - Brainbox (Comp) De:tuned Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
Plaid - Divisions Chirality EP album art DJ Tennis* Chirality (Plaid Remix) DJ Tennis* - Divisions Chirality EP (EP) Life And Death, Life And Death Italy 2016 Sell This Version
Plaid - Tron Run/r (Original Soundtrack) album art Giorgio Moroder And Raney Shockne Memory String (Plaid Remix) Giorgio Moroder And Raney Shockne - Tron Run/r (Original Soundtrack) (Album) Sumthing Else Music Works US 2016
91599 Plaid - Glass Piano (Extended Version) album art Bruce Brubaker Metamorphosis 5 [Plaid Remix] Bruce Brubaker - Glass Piano (Extended Version)(13xFile, FLAC, Album) Infiné 91599 France 2016
21RPMGift Plaid - Touched By Plaid  album art Plaid His-Hell (Plaid Remix) Plaid - Touched By Plaid (12", Cle) Touched - Music For Macmillan Cancer Support 21RPMGift UK 2016 Sell This Version
Mindcast.31 Plaid - Mindcast Mixtape 05/2016 album art P(h)onyCat One Latin (Plaid Remix) P(h)onyCat - Mindcast Mixtape 05/2016(File, MP3, Mixed, Mixtape, 320) Mindwaves Music Mindcast.31 Germany 2016
Plaid - Touched Two (The Remixes) album art Various Yourturn (Plaid Remix) Various - Touched Two (The Remixes) (Comp) Touched - Music For Macmillan Cancer Support UK 2015
Plaid - Restless Shapes Remixes album art Gajek* Curved Engines Part 04 (Plaid Remix) Gajek* - Restless Shapes Remixes (Single) Monkeytown Records Germany 2015 Sell This Version
Plaid - Glass Piano Versions album art Bruce Brubaker Metamorphosis 4 (Plaid Remix) Bruce Brubaker - Glass Piano Versions (Single, EP) Infiné France 2015 Sell This Version
HCM185 Plaid - Lyra Vistro album art Roel Funcken Remnants (Plaid Remix) Roel Funcken - Lyra Vistro(File, MP3, Mixed, 320) Headphone Commute HCM185 US 2015
none Plaid - Love Death Immortality (Remixes) album art The Glitch Mob Can't Kill Us (Plaid Remix) The Glitch Mob - Love Death Immortality (Remixes)(18xFile, FLAC, Album) Glass Air Records none US 2015
none Plaid - Iride album art Kuoyah Cradlethorn (Plaid Remix) Kuoyah - Iride(CDr, Album, Ltd) Frijsfo Beats none UK 2015 Sell This Version

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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".
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 12 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 over 3 years 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 14 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.
TeeJay

TeeJay

April 6, 2003
Beautiful and emotional tunes almost every time. Particularly love those tracks with interlocking cascades of xylophone type sounds (see if you can find their remix of Le Tone's 'Rocky 8'). Latest stuff ive heard is a little darker but still stupidly high quality. One of Warp's finest. Check the P-Brain EP for a good mix of styles, and Ralome on Rest Proof Clockwork for a blissed-out guitar experience with gentle snares skittering from one speaker to the other (try it with headphones).

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