Warp Records

Warp Records

Profil:
Warp (originally to be named Warped, but shortened for communication ease, and later expanded by the backronym "We Are Reasonable People"), owned and operated by Steve Beckett and Rob Mitchell (7) (who sadly passed away in 2001), is one of the world's most respected and loved electronic and experimental dance labels. After many years in Sheffield, they are now based in London.

Joining the slew of attempts at selling music online, Warp was a first with providing high-quality variable bit rate MP3s for sale, via Bleep.com, including exclusive tracks, samplings of forthcoming albums, and rarities.

In winter 2005 the book "Warp" by Rob Young was released as the first volume in the "Labels Unlimited" series. It gives a fully illustrated overview of the label's history and also confirms the following gaps in the catalogue numbering, though with some mistakes:

Albums:
WARP 13 - no release.
WARP 93 - Priest "Untitled" (unreleased).
WARP 99 - no release.
WARP 109 - Squarepusher "Budakhan Maximized" (unreleased).
WARP 113 - no release.
WARP 118 - Chris Morris "Blue Jam II" (unreleased).

Singles:
WAP 13 - supposedly unreleased, but some copies of WARP LP 1 were pressed with this catalogue number.
WAP 30 - flyer for WARP Party at the Leadmill, Sheffield, Fri 8 Jan 1993.
WAP 85 - is given to Jimi Tenor "Take Me Baby" but was never used, as it was actually released by Rough Trade Germany with no Warp catalogue number on the release.
WAP 99 - unique set of artwork by the Designers Republic (tDR).
WAP 113 - no release.
WAP 131 - no release.
WAP 143 - no release.
WAP 148 - no release.


NOTE: Many Warp releases were licensed to record labels outside the UK. Some of these releases include a Warp catalogue number as well as their own. These labels include:
- Indisc - usually uses the Warp catalogue with an extra 107 before the number in addition to the Indisc cat number. Sometimes it uses just a Warp catalogue number.
- Rough Trade Records GmbH which later became Zomba Records - uses the Warp catalogue number on releases that use the Warp label code in addition to the RTD 126.XXXX.X catalogue number. Prior to this when the releases featured the RTD/Zomba labelcode (LC 5661) the Warp catalogue number did not appear.

NOTE, see also:
- Lex Records - former Warp sublabel.
- Warp Records Limited - a Warp company, incorporated in 25 February 1993, and used for some copyright credits.
- Warp Music and Warp Music Publishing - publishing companies associated with Warp.

Label Code: LC 2070 / LC02070.
Sublabel
Mutterlabel:
Kontakt::
(current)
Warp Records
PO Box 25378
London NW5 1GL
UK

(obsolete)
Warp Records
PO Box 474
Sheffield
S1 3BW
UK

(obsolete)
tel: +44 (0)742 757586
fax: +44 (0)742 757589
Seiten:
Kat.-Nr.  Künstler Titel (Format) Label Kat.-Nr.  Land Jahr
3WARPCD117 Squarepusher Square Window(CD, Mini, Ltd, Promo) Warp Records 3WARPCD117 UK 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 5 LFO LFO (Single) 7 WAP 5 UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 7 Tricky Disco Tricky Disco (Single) 7 WAP 7 UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 11 Tricky Disco House Fly(7") Warp Records 7 WAP 11 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 14 LFO We Are Back / Nurture(7") Warp Records 7 WAP 14 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 20 Kid Unknown Nightmare(7", Single) Warp Records 7 WAP 20 UK 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP 23 Kid Unknown Devastating Beat Creator(7") Warp Records 7WAP 23 UK 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP62 The Sabres Of Paradise Haunted Dancehall 7WAP62 UK 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP 86 Jimi Tenor Can't Stay With You Baby / Caravan (Single) 7WAP 86 UK 1996 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP 106 T.L.S.* A Bag Of Blue Sparks 7WAP 106 UK 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP 110 John Callaghan I'm Not Comfortable Inside My Mind(7") Warp Records 7WAP 110 UK 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP 117 Slum Twilight Mushrooms(7") Warp Records 7WAP 117 UK 1999 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP125 Broadcast Echo's Answer (Single) 7WAP125 UK 1999 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP132 Broadcast Come On Let's Go(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP132 UK 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP 167 Beans Mutescreamer(7") Warp Records 7WAP 167 UK 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP183 Maximo Park* The Coast Is Always Changing (Single) 7WAP183 UK 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP185 Maxïmo Park Apply Some Pressure (Single) 7WAP185 UK 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP187 Maxïmo Park Graffiti (Single) 7WAP187 UK 2005 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP190 Maxïmo Park Going Missing (Single) 7WAP190 UK 2005 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP193 Broadcast America's Boy(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP193 UK 2005 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP196 Gravenhurst The Velvet Cell(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP196 UK 2005 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP198 Maxïmo Park Apply Some Pressure(7", Single, Ltd, RE, 1 o) Warp Records 7WAP198 UK 2005 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP198R Maxïmo Park Apply Some Pressure(7", Single, Ltd, RE, Tra) Warp Records 7WAP198R UK 2005 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP201 Maxïmo Park I Want You To Stay(7", Single, Ltd, 1/2) Warp Records 7WAP201 UK 2006 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP201R Maxïmo Park I Want You To Stay(7", Single, Ltd, 2/2) Warp Records 7WAP201R UK 2006 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP207 Nightmares On Wax The Sweetest (Single) 7WAP207 UK 2006 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP208 Nightmares On Wax Flip Ya Lid 7WAP208 UK 2006 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP209 Nightmares On Wax African Pirates Remixes(CDr, Promo) Warp Records 7WAP209 UK 2006 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP217 Grizzly Bear Knife(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP217 UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP220 Maxïmo Park Our Velocity(7", Single, Whi) Warp Records 7WAP220 UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP220R Maxïmo Park Our Velocity(7", Single, Red) Warp Records 7WAP220R UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP223 Maxïmo Park Books From Boxes(7", Single, 1/2) Warp Records 7WAP223 UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP223R Maxïmo Park Books From Boxes(7", Single, 2/2) Warp Records 7WAP223R UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP225 Gravenhurst Trust(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP225 UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP227 Maxïmo Park Girls Who Play Guitars(7", Single, Whi) Warp Records 7WAP227 UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP227R Maxïmo Park Girls Who Play Guitars(7", Single, Yel) Warp Records 7WAP227R UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP229 Gravenhurst Hollow Men(7", Single, Red) Warp Records 7WAP229 UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP233 Born Ruffians Hummingbird(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP233 US 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP233X Born Ruffians Hummingbird(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP233X UK 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP236 Maxïmo Park Karaoke Plays(7", Single, Ltd, Num, 1/2) Warp Records 7WAP236 UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP236R Maxïmo Park Karaoke Plays(7", Single, Ltd, Num, 2/2) Warp Records 7WAP236R UK 2007 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP240 Jamie Lidell Little Bit Of Feel Good(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP240 UK 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP241 Born Ruffians I Need A Life(7", Single, Red) Warp Records 7WAP241 UK 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP246 Gravenhurst Nightwatchman's Blues / Farewell, Farewell (Single) 7WAP246 UK 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP 254 Born Ruffians Little Garçon 7WAP 254 UK 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP257 Duncan Lloyd Suzee(7", Single, Num, Blu) Warp Records 7WAP257 UK 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP260 Pivot O Soundtrack My Heart(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP260 UK & Europe 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP268 Gonjasufi Holidays / Candylane(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP268 UK 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP269 Gonjasufi Kowboyz&Indians / My Only Friend(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP269 UK 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP270 Gonjasufi Kobwebz / Speaketh(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP270 UK 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP273 Maxïmo Park Wraithlike(7") Warp Records 7WAP273 UK 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP274 Grizzly Bear Live On KCRW(7", Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP274 UK 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP277 Maxïmo Park The Kids Are Sick Again(7", Single, Ora) Warp Records 7WAP277 UK 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP277R Maxïmo Park The Kids Are Sick Again(7", Single, Ora) Warp Records 7WAP277R UK 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP279 Bibio Ambivalence Avenue / Fire Ant(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP279 UK 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP280 Maxïmo Park Questing Not Coasting (Single) 7WAP280 UK & Europe 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP281 Grizzly Bear While You Wait For The Others(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP281 UK & US 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP282 LoneLady Immaterial(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP282 UK 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP287 Nice Nice One Hit(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP287 UK & US 2009 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP289 LoneLady Intuition(7") Warp Records 7WAP289 UK 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP290 Nice Nice See Waves(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP290 UK & US 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 294 Jamie Lidell Compass(7", Single) Warp Records 7 WAP 294 UK 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP295 The Hundred In The Hands Undressed In Dresden(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP295 UK & US 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
7waP296 Jamie Lidell The Ring(7", Single) Warp Records 7waP296 UK, Europe & US 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP297 Born Ruffians What To Say(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP297 UK 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP301 Born Ruffians Nova-Leigh(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP301 US 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP324 My Best Fiend Higher Palms(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP324 UK 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP342 Bibio À Tout À L'heure(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP342 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP343 Kwes. Rollerblades(7", Tra) Warp Records 7WAP343 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP353 Jeremiah Jae Dirty Collections Vol. 1(7", Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP353 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP354 Jeremiah Jae Dirty Collections Vol. 2(7", Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP354 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP355 Jeremiah Jae Dirty Collections Vol. 3(7", Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP355 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP361 !!! And Anyway It's Christmas(7") Warp Records 7WAP361 Europe 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
7WARPLP91 Two Lone Swordsmen Tiny Reminder No1 (C-Pij Remixes)(7", Single) Warp Records 7WARPLP91 UK 2001 Diese Version verkaufen
10.WAP.44 Autechre Basscad,EP (Basscadetmxs.1 Of 3) (EP) 10.WAP.44 UK 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
10.WAP.44AE Autechre Basscadetmxs (3 Of 3)(10") Warp Records 10.WAP.44AE UK 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
10.WAP.44DP Autechre Basscadetmxs (2 Of 3)(10") Warp Records 10.WAP.44DP UK 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
10 WAP 50 The Sabres Of Paradise Wilmot II (Single) 10 WAP 50 UK 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP 53 Seefeel Fracture / Tied (Single) 10WAP 53 UK 1994 Diese Version verkaufen
10 WAP 62 The Sabres Of Paradise Versus LFO & Nightmares On Wax The Sabres Of Paradise Versus LFO & Nightmares On Wax - Duke Of Earlsfield • Bubble And Slide 10 WAP 62 UK 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP87 Jimi Tenor Outta Space 10WAP87 UK 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
10wap87 Jimi Tenor Sugar Daddy 10wap87 UK Unknown Diese Version verkaufen
10 WAP 97 Mira Calix Pin Skeeling (Single) 10 WAP 97 UK 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP137 John Callaghan You've Got Your Memories, I've Got My Dreams(10") Warp Records 10WAP137 UK 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP 137 P John Callaghan You've Got Your Memories, I've Got My Dreams(CDr, Promo) Warp Records 10WAP 137 P UK 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP168 Nightmares On Wax Date With Destiny(10") Warp Records 10WAP168 UK 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP173 Home Video That You Might(10") Warp Records 10WAP173 UK 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP185X Maxïmo Park Apply Some Pressure (EP) 10WAP185X UK 2005 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP 242 Leila Mettle(10", EP, Ltd) Warp Records 10WAP 242 UK 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
10wap299 Seefeel Faults(10", EP, Ltd) Warp Records 10wap299 UK 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP314 Bibio Excuses(10", Ltd) Warp Records 10WAP314 UK 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP334 Gravenhurst The Prize(10", Single, Ltd, Sil) Warp Records 10WAP334 UK, Europe & US 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP399 Danny Brown (2) Ain't It Funny(10", Single, Ltd, Pic) Warp Records, Fool's Gold Records 10WAP399 UK, Europe & US 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP408 Gaika The Spectacular Empire I(10", EP, Ltd) Warp Records 10WAP408 UK 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP409 Gaika The Spectacular Empire II(10", EP, Ltd) Warp Records 10WAP409 UK 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP418 Mark Leckey Exorcism of the Bridge@Eastham Rake(10", Album, Ltd) Warp Records 10WAP418 UK & Europe 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP431 Mira Calix Utopia(10", EP, Ltd) Warp Records 10WAP431 UK 2019 Diese Version verkaufen
10WAP431D Mira Calix Utopia(4xFile, FLAC) Warp Records 10WAP431D 2019
10WARP LP 55 P Boards Of Canada Telephasic Workshop 10WARP LP 55 P UK 1998 Diese Version verkaufen
10WARPLP57P Squarepusher My Sound / Don't Go Plastic(10", Promo) Warp Records 10WARPLP57P UK 1998 Diese Version verkaufen

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elekktro

elekktro

18. Oktober 2018
Which is why i have decided its time to sell my warp records collection. I stopped collecting after about 125 releases on vinyl. Managed to get many promos and rarities but i would agree with most that it lost its way many years ago. They are now following the money and making more for the film industry.
cornejod

cornejod

27. Juli 2018
Did it ever occur to anybody that the new bands issuing repetitive , crappy music that fans of Warp despise so much, could be the result of larger labels with more cash attracting the types of bands that "would have been cool" on Warp? Another possibility could be that this is the type of crap that most bands are putting out now - even the venerable ones from yesteryear, as they are too afraid to create something new, and prefer to put out the same shit everybody else does, just to be safe and keep those checks coming. When you are 20 something and put out a crap record, you have nothing to lose. When you are 30 -40 something and you've put out successful records in the past decade, you now have much to lose if you try being a 20 something and put out something that could now wreck your career. Ask Sir Macca.
jbinjapan

jbinjapan

18. Mai 2018
I remember helping out in FON before Rob and Steve took over the shop and rebranded it. But apart from setting up Warp Records they still kept buying independent releases (especially 4AD). Division Street was a great place to browse records back in the 80s and early 90s. They used to let anyone DJ in their shop as well. Great blokes who changed the face of electronic music worldwide. Rob is sadly missed; I hope Steve is well.
szalero555

szalero555

9. November 2014
Aphex Twin - Syro
Flying Lotus - You're Dead
Clark - Clark
Plaid - Reachy Prints
Rustie - Green Language

Good comeback Warp, keep it up
oldhippierick

oldhippierick

19. September 2014
Marty Robbins The Chronological Classics Marty Robbins 1960-1961 (2011)
Label: Warped Records [6026] CD 2011
steady-j

steady-j

30. September 2013
@ Dubvulture Yeah erm how about 11 reasons why WARP is no joke in the last 12 months or so

Nightmares On Wax
Clark
Oneohtrix Point Never
Rustie
BoC (still!)
Ae (still!)
Mark Pritchard!!
Brian Eno
Flying Lotus
Squarepusher (still!)
THITH (yes really)

I think you are wrong about Gonjasui, Hudmo, !!! and Jamie Lidell
Personally I would agree with most of the rest of your list, and also reserve judgement on Bibio, Darkstar, Mount Kimbie, Kwes and others (we can't all like everything) and its true that around 2007 WARP was dominated by indie rock sounds. Now it is much more diverse and looks to its roots as well as holding its own against a vast array of rival/fellow labels
jaydubbleya

jaydubbleya

3. Dezember 2010
geändert over 8 years ago
Warp Lives!
Clark, Bibio, !!!, Battles
nuff said
selectajones

selectajones

24. November 2009
geändert over 9 years ago
Beware the label-bashing below...

Warp records is a landmark on the electronic music scene that, with success and the inevitable evolution of electronic music, have a different focus to when they were so beloved by enthusiasts in the 90's.

Like any busy label, their releases are not always timeless and to everyones taste; and nor were those from the 90's.

The influence this label had when dance music and electronica were still growing will ensure it always has a chapter of its own in that story. As a sizeable institution on the independent music scene lets hope they can continue to support progressive and exciting artists
pressedtrousers

pressedtrousers

24. Januar 2009
In 1998 Warp make a big deal of their 10 year anniversary, the tagline being "total fucking independence". They had a roster of the cream of IDM, and friendly affiliations with most everyone else in electronic music. True, the remixes comp they put out to celebrate this was weak and a clear signpost of IDM becoming a bit stale, but overall their profile was at its peak.

In 2008 there were no birthday celebrations. No special releases or flags being waved.
Maybe out of respect for the absence of the late co-founder Rob Mitchell. Or maybe just an acknowledgment that they are now just another London label, doing what it has to to stay in business - which has tended to mean signing some dubious acts and losing focus.

Perhaps this is what pissed AFX off so much that after the contractual-obligation releases [a remix album, and a reissue of the 2 rare EPs] he left under a cloud.

Perhaps this is why Plaid - surely a Warp fixture?!- were rumoured to be looking for a new label a couple of years ago?

Perhaps this is why such a once-hypermodernist label has a rarely-updated website, with nothing more interesting than release dates and accompaning PR paragraphs.

Perhaps this is why Bleep, after such a successful start, has become an also-ran. Boomkat literally piss all over Bleep in the downloads market, offering FLAC downloads to audio purists - where Bleep used to do so, but don't bother with them any more.

Though the last year has seen some interesting, worthy stuff, half of it seems like revisiting the past [Leila finds a new home on the label, AET's latest, more interminable Squarepusher and NOW] and half of it seems like box ticking / scene-chasing [Rustie remixing virtually every release, Gang Gang Dance, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke]. And that's just the respectable stuff...

Doing what you have to to survive... is it really worth it? Do they really have hipster A&R men out there telling them what's cool, and signing a respectable token artist from every emerging scene? Because it looks that way, and that's not good. That's not pioneering or creative or interesting.

And when are they going to realise that Jamie Lidell is this decade's Jimi Tenor?*

*a waste of time.
GalaxyExplorer

GalaxyExplorer

23. März 2007
geändert over 12 years ago
Warp's decline has been long and painful, and there are potentially many reasons for this. I see some factors as being beyond their control.

First, their venerable acts have aged. Autechre, Aphex, Plaid and the rest of them aren't 20-something anymore. Consequently, their output quality and quantity have suffered. Most of them either never tour (Boards of Canada) or rarely do (Aphex). A two-day fest in London doesn't count.

Second, the label signed some very questionable acts in the early 2000s. What in the world was Vincent Gallo doing on Warp? Some others seem to be more concerned with their image than music.

Third, the genre that Warp really pioneered (IDM) ran out of steam early in this decade. Autechre in particular spawned countless imitations, none of which ever really improved upon the original formula. The genre is simply a dead end.

Furthermore, check out the number of reissues Warp produces. Everytime I visit their site, there's news about old recordings being republished. That's when you know you're through.

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