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.
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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
WARPLP206 The Caliph's Tea Party Plattencover GonjaSufi The Caliph's Tea Party(LP, Album, Ltd, Rem) Warp Records WARPLP206 UK 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP207 Small Craft On A Milk Sea Plattencover Brian Eno With Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams Brian Eno With Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams - Small Craft On A Milk Sea(2xCD, Album + 2xLP, Album + Box, Ltd) Warp Records WARPLP207 Europe 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP207R Small Craft On A Milk Sea Plattencover Brian Eno With Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams Brian Eno With Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams - Small Craft On A Milk Sea(2xLP, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPLP207R UK 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP208 The Only She Chapters Plattencover Prefuse 73 The Only She Chapters(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP208 UK 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP209 Mind Bokeh Plattencover Bibio Mind Bokeh(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP209 Europe 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP210 Oversteps Plattencover Autechre Oversteps(2xLP, Album + Box) Warp Records WARPLP210 UK 2010 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP LP212 Gloss Drop Plattencover Battles Gloss Drop (Album) WARP LP212 Europe 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP LP212R Gloss Drop Plattencover Battles Gloss Drop(2xLP, Album, RP) Warp Records WARP LP212R UK & Europe 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP214 Drums Between The Bells Plattencover Brian Eno And The Words Of Rick Holland Brian Eno And The Words Of Rick Holland - Drums Between The Bells(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warp Records WARPLP214 Europe 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP215 Scintilli Plattencover Plaid Scintilli(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP215 UK 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP216 The Ghost In Daylight Plattencover Gravenhurst The Ghost In Daylight(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP216 UK & Europe 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP217 Glass Swords Plattencover Rustie Glass Swords (Album) WARPLP217 UK 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP219 Dreams Come True Plattencover Cant (2) Dreams Come True(LP) Warp Records WARPLP219 UK 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP220 U&I Plattencover Leila U&I(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP220 UK 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP221 Kinshasa One Two Plattencover DRC Music Kinshasa One Two(2xLP + Box, Ltd) Warp Records WARPLP221 UK 2011 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP222 Iradelphic Plattencover Clark* Iradelphic(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP222 UK 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP223 MU.ZZ.LE Plattencover GonjaSufi MU.ZZ.LE (MiniAlbum) WARPLP223 UK 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP LP224 In Ghostlike Fading Plattencover My Best Fiend In Ghostlike Fading(LP, Album) Warp Records WARP LP224 UK 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP LP 225 News From Nowhere Plattencover Darkstar (6) News From Nowhere(2x12", Album) Warp Records WARP LP 225 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP227 Red Night Plattencover The Hundred In The Hands Red Night(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warp Records WARPLP227 UK 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP228X Ufabulum / Enstrobia Plattencover Squarepusher Ufabulum / Enstrobia(2xLP, Album + CD, EP + Box, Ltd) Warp Records, Warp Records WARPLP228X UK 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP229 Shields Plattencover Grizzly Bear Shields (Album) WARPLP229 US 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP229E Shields: B-Sides Plattencover Grizzly Bear Shields: B-Sides (EP) WARPLP229E UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP230 Until The Quiet Comes Plattencover Flying Lotus Until The Quiet Comes (Album) WARPLP230 US 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP230X Until The Quiet Comes Plattencover Flying Lotus Until The Quiet Comes(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Warp Records WARPLP230X UK & Europe 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP231 Lux Plattencover Brian Eno Lux(2xLP, Album) Warp Records, Opal Records WARPLP231 UK 2012 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP232 Jamie Lidell Plattencover Jamie Lidell Jamie Lidell(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP232 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP233 Berberian Sound Studio Plattencover Broadcast Berberian Sound Studio(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP233 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP234 Exai Plattencover Autechre Exai(4xLP, Album + Box) Warp Records, Warp Records WARPLP234 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP235 Silver Wilkinson Plattencover Bibio Silver Wilkinson(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP235 UK & Europe 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP236 Thr!!!er Plattencover !!! Thr!!!er(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP236 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP237 Cold Spring Fault Less Youth Plattencover Mount Kimbie Cold Spring Fault Less Youth(2x12", Album) Warp Records WARPLP237 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP238 Glow Plattencover Jackson And His Computerband* Glow(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gat) Warp Records WARPLP238 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP239 Feast / Beast Plattencover Clark* Feast / Beast(4xLP, Comp) Warp Records WARPLP239 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP240 R Plus Seven Plattencover Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP240 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP241 Feelin' Good Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Feelin' Good(2x12", Album) Warp Records WARPLP241 UK & Europe 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP243 ilp Plattencover Kwes. ilp(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP243 UK, Europe & US 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP244 Under The Sun Plattencover Mark Pritchard Under The Sun(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP244 UK 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP244R Under The Sun: Expanded Vol. 1 Plattencover Mark Pritchard Under The Sun: Expanded Vol. 1(LP, Album, Ltd) Warp Records WARPLP244R Europe 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP245 Hinterland Plattencover LoneLady Hinterland(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP245 UK 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP246 ESTOILE NAIANT Plattencover patten (2) ESTOILE NAIANT(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP246 UK 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP247 Syro Plattencover Aphex Twin Syro(3x12", Album) Warp Records WARPLP247 Europe 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP247X Syro Plattencover Aphex Twin Syro(3x12", Album, Ltd, Num) Warp Records WARPLP247X Europe 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP248X N.O.W Is The Time (Deep Down Special Edition) Plattencover Nightmares On Wax N.O.W Is The Time (Deep Down Special Edition)(2xLP + 2xCD, Comp + Box, S/Edition) Warp Records WARPLP248X UK 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP249 Someday World Plattencover Eno • Hyde Someday World(2xLP, Album) Warp Records, Opal Records WARPLP249 UK & Europe 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP249X Someday World Plattencover Eno • Hyde Someday World(2xLP, Album, S/Edition) Warp Records, Opal Records, Warp Records, Opal Records WARPLP249X UK, Europe & US 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP250 Reachy Prints Plattencover Plaid Reachy Prints(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP250 UK 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP251 Clark Plattencover Clark* Clark(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP251 UK 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP252 Nozinja Lodge Plattencover Nozinja Nozinja Lodge(2xLP, Album) Warp Records, Nozinja Music WARPLP252 UK 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP253 Green Language Plattencover Rustie Green Language(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP253 UK 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP253J Lost (VIP Remix) Plattencover Rustie Feat. Redinho Rustie Feat. Redinho - Lost (VIP Remix)(12", S/Sided, Promo, W/Lbl) Beat Records, Warp Records WARPLP253J Japan 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP254 Lantern Plattencover Hudson Mohawke Lantern (Album) WARPLP254 UK 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP255 High Life Plattencover Eno • Hyde High Life(2xLP, Album) Warp Records, Opal Records WARPLP255 UK, Europe & US 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP255X High Life Plattencover Eno • Hyde High Life(2xLP, Album, S/Edition) Warp Records, Opal Records WARPLP255X UK, Europe & US 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP256 You're Dead! Plattencover Flying Lotus You're Dead!(2x12", Album, Gat) Warp Records WARPLP256 UK, Europe & US 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP256X You're Dead! Plattencover Flying Lotus You're Dead!(4xLP, Album, 180 + Box, Ltd) Warp Records WARPLP256X UK & Europe 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP257 Tomorrow's Harvest Plattencover Boards Of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest (Album) WARPLP257 UK 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP258 Foam Island Plattencover Darkstar (6) Foam Island(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP258 UK 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP259 Ψ Plattencover Patten (2) Ψ(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP259 UK & Europe 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP260 As If Plattencover !!! As If(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP260 Europe 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP261 Offerings: Lost Songs 2000-2004 Plattencover Gravenhurst Offerings: Lost Songs 2000-2004(LP, Comp) Warp Records WARPLP261 UK 2014 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP262 Future Brown Plattencover Future Brown Future Brown(LP) Warp Records WARPLP262 UK 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP263 La Di Da Di Plattencover Battles La Di Da Di(2xLP, Album, 140) Warp Records WARPLP263 Europe 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP264 Damogen Furies Plattencover Squarepusher Damogen Furies(2x12", Album) Warp Records WARPLP264 Europe 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP265 A Mineral Love Plattencover Bibio A Mineral Love(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP265 UK 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP266 Garden Of Delete Plattencover Oneohtrix Point Never Garden Of Delete (Album) WARPLP266 US 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP267 Fi Plattencover Bibio Fi(2xLP, Album, RE) Warp Records WARPLP267 US 2015 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP271 EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE Plattencover Rustie EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP271 UK 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP272 The Ship Plattencover Brian Eno The Ship (Album) WARPLP272 UK, Europe & US 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP274 The Last Panthers Plattencover Clark* The Last Panthers(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP274 UK 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP275 Shape The Future Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Shape The Future(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP275 Europe 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP276 Atrocity Exhibition Plattencover Danny Brown (2) Atrocity Exhibition(2xLP, Album) Warp Records, Fool's Gold Records WARPLP276 UK & Europe 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
Warplp276 promo Atrocity Exhibition Plattencover Danny Brown (2) Atrocity Exhibition(2xLP, Promo) Warp Records Warplp276 promo Europe 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP276X Atrocity Exhibition Plattencover Danny Brown (2) Atrocity Exhibition (Album) WARPLP276X UK, Europe & US 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP277 The Digging Remedy Plattencover Plaid The Digging Remedy(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP277 UK 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP278 Callus Plattencover Gonjasufi Callus(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP278 UK 2016 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP279 Children Of Alice Plattencover Children Of Alice Children Of Alice(LP, Album, Comp) Warp Records WARPLP279 UK, Europe & US 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP280 Reflection Plattencover Brian Eno Reflection(2xLP, Album) Warp Records, Opal Records WARPLP280 Europe 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP281 Ded5ec - Watch Dogs 2 O5T Plattencover Hud5on Moh4wk3* Ded5ec - Watch Dogs 2 O5T(2x12", Ltd) Warp Records WARPLP281 UK, Europe & US 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP282 Death Peak Plattencover Clark* Death Peak (Album) WARPLP282 UK 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP283 Shake The Shudder Plattencover !!! Shake The Shudder(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP283 Europe 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP283X Shake The Shudder Plattencover !!! Shake The Shudder(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Tra) Warp Records WARPLP283X Europe 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP284 Elektrac Plattencover Shobaleader One Elektrac(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP284 UK & Europe 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP285 Basic Volume Plattencover Gaika Basic Volume(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP285 UK 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP286 Mandela Effect Plattencover GonjaSufi Mandela Effect (Album) WARPLP286 UK & Europe 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP287 Take Me Apart Plattencover Kelela Take Me Apart(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP287 Europe 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP287X Take Me Apart Plattencover Kelela Take Me Apart (Album, EP) WARPLP287X UK & US 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP288 Love What Survives Plattencover Mount Kimbie Love What Survives(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP288 Europe 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP288X Love What Survives Plattencover Mount Kimbie Love What Survives(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Warp Records WARPLP288X Europe 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP290 Phantom Brickworks Plattencover Bibio Phantom Brickworks (Album) WARPLP290 Europe 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP291 Flamagra Plattencover Flying Lotus Flamagra (Album) WARPLP291 Europe 2019 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP291X Flamagra Plattencover Flying Lotus Flamagra(2xLP, Album, Dlx, Ltd) Warp Records WARPLP291X Europe 2019 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP291XC Flamagra Plattencover Flying Lotus Flamagra(2xLP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, Cle) Warp Records, Warp Records WARPLP291XC UK & US 2019 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP292 Good Time (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Plattencover Oneohtrix Point Never Good Time (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(2xLP) Warp Records WARPLP292 Europe 2017 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP293 Safe In The Hands Of Love Plattencover Yves Tumor Safe In The Hands Of Love(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP293 UK & Europe 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP293X Safe In The Hands Of Love Plattencover Yves Tumor Safe In The Hands Of Love(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Cle) Warp Records WARPLP293X UK & Europe 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPlp295 Age Of Plattencover Oneohtrix Point Never Age Of (Album) WARPlp295 Europe 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP296 The Four Worlds Plattencover Mark Pritchard The Four Worlds(LP, MiniAlbum, 200) Warp Records WARPLP296 Europe 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP297 Ultraviolet Plattencover Kelly Moran Ultraviolet(LP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP297 UK, Europe & US 2018 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPLP299 Ribbons Plattencover Bibio Ribbons(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP299 UK 2019 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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