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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Information de contact:
(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
Sites:
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Label

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

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elekktro

elekktro

18 octobre 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 juillet 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 novembre 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 septembre 2014
Marty Robbins The Chronological Classics Marty Robbins 1960-1961 (2011)
Label: Warped Records [6026] CD 2011
steady-j

steady-j

30 septembre 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 décembre 2010
edité over 7 years ago
Warp Lives!
Clark, Bibio, !!!, Battles
nuff said
selectajones

selectajones

24 novembre 2009
edité 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 janvier 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 mars 2007
edité 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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