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 
TT 001 Testone Plattencover Sweet Exorcist Testone(12", TP) Warp Records TT 001 UK 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 1 Track With No Name Plattencover Forgemasters Track With No Name WAP 1 UK 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 2 Dextrous Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Dextrous(12") Warp Records, Outer Rhythm WAP 2 UK 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 5 LFO Plattencover LFO LFO (Single) 7 WAP 5 UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 7 Tricky Disco Plattencover Tricky Disco Tricky Disco (Single) 7 WAP 7 UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
COL 7023 LFO Plattencover LFO LFO(7") Colossal Records COL 7023 Australia & New Zealand 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
COL 12-022 Tricky Disco Plattencover Tricky Disco Tricky Disco COL 12-022 Australia 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
IND 603.7 LFO Plattencover LFO LFO(7", Single) Indisc, Warp Records IND 603.7 Belgium 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
RTD 150.1113.0 Aftermath / I'm For Real Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Aftermath / I'm For Real RTD 150.1113.0 Germany 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
RTD 150.1113.3 Aftermath Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Aftermath(CD, Mini, Single) Warp Records, Outer Rhythm, Rough Trade, Rough Trade Records GmbH RTD 150.1113.3 Germany 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 3 Testone Plattencover Sweet Exorcist Testone(12") Warp Records, Outer Rhythm WAP 3 UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 3R Testone Remixes Plattencover Sweet Exorcist Testone Remixes WAP 3R UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 4 Hey! Hey! Can U Relate Plattencover DJ Mink Featuring The K.I.D & Carruthers DJ Mink Featuring The K.I.D & Carruthers - Hey! Hey! Can U Relate WAP 4 UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 4R Hey! Hey! Can U Relate Plattencover DJ Mink Featuring The K.I.D & Carruthers DJ Mink Featuring The K.I.D & Carruthers - Hey! Hey! Can U Relate(12", TP) Warp Records WAP 4R UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 5 LFO Plattencover LFO LFO WAP 5 UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 5CD LFO Plattencover LFO LFO (Single) WAP 5CD UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 5R LFO Remix Plattencover LFO LFO Remix(12") Warp Records, Outer Rhythm WAP 5R UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 6 Aftermath #1 Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Aftermath #1 WAP 6 UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 6CD Aftermath Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Aftermath(CD, Single) Warp Records WAP 6CD UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 6 P Aftermath / I'm For Real Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Aftermath / I'm For Real(12", Promo) Warp Records WAP 6 P UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 6R Aftermath #2 Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Aftermath #2(12") Warp Records, Outer Rhythm WAP 6R UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 6RR Aftermath #3 Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Aftermath #3 WAP 6RR UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 7 Tricky Disco Plattencover Tricky Disco Tricky Disco (Single) WAP 7 UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 7C Tricky Disco Plattencover Tricky Disco Tricky Disco(Cass, Single) Warp Records WAP 7C UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 7CD Tricky Disco Plattencover Tricky Disco Tricky Disco(CD, Single) Warp Records, Outer Rhythm WAP 7CD UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 7R Tricky Disco (Remix) Plattencover Tricky Disco Tricky Disco (Remix)(12", Single) Warp Records, Outer Rhythm WAP 7R UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 9 Clonk Plattencover Sweet Exorcist Clonk WAP 9 UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 9R Per Clonk (Remix) Plattencover Sweet Exorcist Per Clonk (Remix)(12") Warp Records WAP 9R UK 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 1075 LFO Plattencover LFO LFO(12") Indisc, Warp Records WAP 1075 Belgium 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 1076 Aftermath #1 Plattencover Nightmares On Wax Aftermath #1(12") Indisc, Warp Records WAP 1076 Belgium 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 1077 Tricky Disco Plattencover Tricky Disco Tricky Disco(12") Indisc, Warp Records WAP 1077 Belgium 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 11 House Fly Plattencover Tricky Disco House Fly(7") Warp Records 7 WAP 11 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 14 We Are Back / Nurture Plattencover LFO We Are Back / Nurture(7") Warp Records 7 WAP 14 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
590026 LFO (91 Remix) Plattencover LFO LFO (91 Remix)(12") Fnac Music Dance Division 590026 France 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
592026 Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies(CD, Album) Fnac Music Dance Division 592026 France 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
592222 A Word Of Science Plattencover Nightmares On Wax A Word Of Science(CD, Album) Fnac Music Dance Division 592222 France 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
593026 LFO (Remix) Plattencover LFO LFO (Remix)(CD, Maxi) Fnac Music Dance Division, Fnac Music Dance Division 593026 France 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
593 999 LFO Remix Plattencover LFO LFO Remix(CD, Single, Promo) Fnac Music Dance Division 593 999 France 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
DICD 3691 Pioneers Of The Hypnotic Groove Plattencover Various Pioneers Of The Hypnotic Groove(CD, Comp) Indisc DICD 3691 Belgium 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
none Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies(Cass, Album) Warp Records none UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
none Frequencies (Sample Tape) Plattencover LFO Frequencies (Sample Tape)(Cass, Smplr) Warp Records none UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
RTD 199-0014-1 Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies(LP, S/Sided, Ltd, Num, Promo, Cle) Rough Trade, Warp Records RTD 199-0014-1 Germany 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
RTD 126.1124.0 We Are Back / Nurture Plattencover LFO We Are Back / Nurture(12") Rough Trade, Warp Records RTD 126.1124.0 Germany 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
RTD 126.1124.3 We Are Back Plattencover LFO We Are Back(CD, Mini, Single) Rough Trade, Warp Records RTD 126.1124.3 Germany 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
RTD 126.1163.1 Pioneers Of The Hypnotic Groove Plattencover Various Pioneers Of The Hypnotic Groove(LP, Comp) Rough Trade RTD 126.1163.1 Germany 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
RTD 126.1227.1 A Word Of Science Plattencover Nightmares On Wax A Word Of Science(LP, Album) Rough Trade RTD 126.1227.1 Germany 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
RTD 126.1227.2 A Word Of Science (The 1st & Final Chapter) Plattencover Nightmares On Wax A Word Of Science (The 1st & Final Chapter) (Album) RTD 126.1227.2 Germany 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
RTD 126.1228.1 Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies (Album) RTD 126.1228.1 Germany 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
RTD 126.1228.2 Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies(CD, Album) Warp Records, Rough Trade RTD 126.1228.2 Germany 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
STAR 2535 Thin Ice 2: The Second Shiver Plattencover Various Thin Ice 2: The Second Shiver(2xLP, Comp) Telstar STAR 2535 UK & Ireland 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
TB 994 We Are Back / LFO Plattencover LFO We Are Back / LFO TB 994 US 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
TBC 1048 Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies(Cass, Album) Tommy Boy, Warp Records TBC 1048 US 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
TBCD 994 We Are Back / LFO Plattencover LFO We Are Back / LFO(CD, Maxi) Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy TBCD 994 US 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
TBCD 1048 Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies (Album) TBCD 1048 US 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 8 Yeah You! Plattencover The Step Yeah You!(12") Warp Records WAP 8 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 8CD Yeah You! Plattencover The Step Yeah You!(CD) Warp Records WAP 8CD UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 8 P Yeah You! Plattencover The Step Yeah You!(12", Promo) Warp Records WAP 8 P UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 8R Yeah You! (Remix) Plattencover The Step Yeah You! (Remix) WAP 8R UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 9P Clonk Plattencover Sweet Exorcist Clonk(12", Promo) Warp Records WAP 9P UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 10 Mind Song Plattencover Tomas Mind Song(12") Warp Records WAP 10 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 10P Mindsongs Plattencover Tomas Mindsongs(12", Promo) Warp Records WAP 10P UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 11 House Fly Plattencover Tricky Disco House Fly(12") Warp Records WAP 11 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 11CD House Fly Plattencover Tricky Disco House Fly(CD, Single) Warp Records WAP 11CD UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 11P House Fly Plattencover Tricky Disco House Fly(12", Promo) Warp Records WAP 11P UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 11R House Fly (Radical Rockers Remix) Plattencover Tricky Disco House Fly (Radical Rockers Remix) WAP 11R UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 12 Join The Future Plattencover Tuff Little Unit Join The Future(12") Warp Records WAP 12 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 12 P Join The Future Plattencover Tuff Little Unit Join The Future(12", Promo) Warp Records WAP 12 P UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 13 CC EP Plattencover Sweet Exorcist CC EP(12", EP) Warp Records WAP 13 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 14 We Are Back / Nurture Plattencover LFO We Are Back / Nurture(12") Warp Records WAP 14 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 14CD We Are Back Plattencover LFO We Are Back(CD, Single) Warp Records WAP 14CD UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 14P We Are Back Plattencover LFO We Are Back(12", Promo) Warp Records WAP 14P UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 14R We Are Back (Remix) Plattencover LFO We Are Back (Remix) WAP 14R UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 15 A Case Of Funk Plattencover Nightmares On Wax A Case Of Funk(12", EP) Warp Records WAP 15 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 15CD A Case Of Funk Plattencover Nightmares On Wax A Case Of Funk(CD, Single) Warp Records WAP 15CD UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 15P Biofeedback / Strange Plattencover N O W* Biofeedback / Strange(12", Promo) Warp Records WAP 15P UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 16 Inspiration Plattencover Tuff Little Unit Inspiration WAP 16 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 17 What Is House EP Plattencover LFO What Is House EP (EP) WAP 17 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 17LTD What Is House EP Plattencover LFO What Is House EP(12", EP, Ltd, Num, Cle) Warp Records WAP 17LTD UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 17 P What Is House EP Plattencover LFO What Is House EP(12", EP, Promo) Warp Records WAP 17 P UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 18 Feel It Plattencover Coco, Steel & Lovebomb* Feel It WAP 18 France 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAP 10714 We Are Back / Nurture Plattencover LFO We Are Back / Nurture(12") Warp Records WAP 10714 Belgium 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAPCD 10714 We Are Back Plattencover LFO We Are Back(CD, Maxi) Warp Records WAPCD 10714 Belgium 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WAPCD 10715 Nightmares On Wax A Case Of Funk(CD, Single) Warp Records WAPCD 10715 Belgium 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP CD1 C.C.C.D Plattencover Sweet Exorcist C.C.C.D (EP) WARP CD1 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP CD2 Pioneers Of The Hypnotic Groove Plattencover Various Pioneers Of The Hypnotic Groove (Comp) WARP CD2 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP CD3 Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies (Album) WARP CD3 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP CD3 LFO / Billy Fury LFO / Billy Fury - Frequencies / In Thoughts Of You(CD, Comp, MP) Warp Records, Pickwick Music WARP CD3 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP CD4 A Word Of Science (The 1st & Final Chapter) Plattencover Nightmares On Wax A Word Of Science (The 1st & Final Chapter) (Album) WARP CD4 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARPCD 1073 Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies(CD, Album) Warp Records WARPCD 1073 Belgium 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP LP1 CC EP Plattencover Sweet Exorcist CC EP(12", EP, RE) Warp Records WARP LP1 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP LP2 Pioneers Of The Hypnotic Groove Plattencover Various Pioneers Of The Hypnotic Groove (Comp) WARP LP2 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP LP3 Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies (Album) WARP LP3 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP LP4 A Word Of Science (The 1st & Final Chapter) Plattencover Nightmares On Wax A Word Of Science (The 1st & Final Chapter) (Album) WARP LP4 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP MC2 Pioneers Of The Hypnotic Groove Plattencover Various Pioneers Of The Hypnotic Groove(Cass, Comp) Warp Records, Warp Records WARP MC2 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP MC3 Frequencies Plattencover LFO Frequencies(Cass, Album) Warp Records, Warp Records WARP MC3 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
WARP MC 4 A Word Of Science Plattencover Nightmares On Wax A Word Of Science(Cass, Album) Warp Records WARP MC 4 UK 1991 Diese Version verkaufen
7 WAP 20 Nightmare Plattencover Kid Unknown Nightmare(7", Single) Warp Records 7 WAP 20 UK 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
7WAP 23 Devastating Beat Creator Plattencover Kid Unknown Devastating Beat Creator(7") Warp Records 7WAP 23 UK 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
590074 What Is House EP Plattencover LFO What Is House EP(12", EP) Fnac Music Dance Division 590074 France 1992 Diese Version verkaufen
592050 Live In Paris 18.1.92 "La Grande Arche De La Défense" Plattencover LFO Live In Paris 18.1.92 "La Grande Arche De La Défense"(CD, EP, Ltd, Promo) Fnac Music Dance Division 592050 France 1992 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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