Warp Records

Warp Records

Profile:
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 bitrate 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 former Warp sub-label, Lex Records.
See also Warp Records Limited, a Warp company incorporated in 25 Feb 1993 and used for some copyright credits.
See also Warp Music and Warp Music Publishing, publishing companies associated with Warp.

Label Code: LC 2070 or LC02070
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Contact Info:
Warp
PO Box 25378
London NW5 1GL
UK
Sites:
[l23528]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Various Immergutrocken 6(Cass, Comp, Whi) Immergutrocken e.V. Germany 2005 Sell This Version
3WARPCD117 Squarepusher Square Window(CD, Mini, Ltd, Promo) Warp Records 3WARPCD117 UK 2004 Sell This Version
7 WAP 5 LFO LFO(7", Single) Warp Records, Outer Rhythm 7 WAP 5 UK 1990 Sell This Version
7 WAP 7 Tricky Disco Tricky Disco(7", Single) Warp Records, Outer Rhythm 7 WAP 7 UK 1990 Sell This Version
7 WAP 11 Tricky Disco House Fly(7") Warp Records 7 WAP 11 UK 1991 Sell This Version
7WAP 14 LFO We Are Back(7") Warp Records 7WAP 14 UK 1991 Sell This Version
7 WAP 20 Kid Unknown Nightmare(7", Single) Warp Records 7 WAP 20 UK 1992 Sell This Version
7WAP 23 Kid Unknown Devastating Beat Creator(7") Warp Records 7WAP 23 UK 1992 Sell This Version
7WAP62 The Sabres Of Paradise Haunted Dancehall(7", S/Sided) Warp Records 7WAP62 UK 1995 Sell This Version
7WAP 86 Jimi Tenor Can't Stay With You Baby / Caravan (Single) 7WAP 86 UK 1996 Sell This Version
7WAP 106 Two Lone Swordsmen A Bag Of Blue Sparks(7", Promo) Warp Records 7WAP 106 UK 1998 Sell This Version
7WAP 110 John Callaghan I'm Not Comfortable Inside My Mind(7") Warp Records 7WAP 110 UK 1998 Sell This Version
7WAP 117 Slum Twilight Mushrooms(7") Warp Records 7WAP 117 UK 1999 Sell This Version
7WAP125 Broadcast Echo's Answer (Single) 7WAP125 UK 1999 Sell This Version
7WAP132 Broadcast Come On Let's Go(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP132 UK 2000 Sell This Version
7WAP 167 Beans Mutescreamer(7") Warp Records 7WAP 167 UK 2003 Sell This Version
7WAP183 Maximo Park* The Coast Is Always Changing(7", Ltd, Single) Warp Records 7WAP183 UK 2004 Sell This Version
7WAP185 Maxïmo Park Apply Some Pressure (Single) 7WAP185 UK 2004 Sell This Version
7WAP187 Maxïmo Park Graffiti (Single) 7WAP187 UK 2005 Sell This Version
7WAP190 Maxïmo Park Going Missing(7", S/Sided, Single, Etch, S/Edition) Warp Records 7WAP190 UK 2005 Sell This Version
7WAP193 Broadcast America's Boy(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP193 UK 2005 Sell This Version
7WAP196 Gravenhurst The Velvet Cell(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP196 UK 2005 Sell This Version
7WAP198 Maxïmo Park Apply Some Pressure(7", Single, Ltd, RE, 1 o) Warp Records 7WAP198 UK 2005 Sell This Version
7WAP198R Maxïmo Park Apply Some Pressure(7", Single, Ltd, RE, 2 o) Warp Records 7WAP198R UK 2005 Sell This Version
7WAP201 Maxïmo Park I Want You To Stay(7", Ltd, Single, 1/2) Warp Records 7WAP201 UK 2006 Sell This Version
7WAP201R Maxïmo Park I Want You To Stay(7", Ltd, Single, 2/2) Warp Records 7WAP201R UK 2006 Sell This Version
7WAP207 Nightmares On Wax The Sweetest (Single) 7WAP207 UK 2006 Sell This Version
7WAP208 Nightmares On Wax Flip Ya Lid 7WAP208 UK 2006 Sell This Version
7WAP209 Nightmares On Wax African Pirates Remixes(CDr, Promo) Warp Records 7WAP209 UK 2006 Sell This Version
7WAP217 Grizzly Bear Knife(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP217 UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP220 Maxïmo Park Our Velocity(7", Single, Whi) Warp Records 7WAP220 UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP220R Maxïmo Park Our Velocity(7", Single, Red) Warp Records 7WAP220R UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP223 Maxïmo Park Books From Boxes(7", Single, 1/2) Warp Records 7WAP223 UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP223R Maxïmo Park Books From Boxes(7", Single, 2/2) Warp Records 7WAP223R UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP225 Gravenhurst Trust(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP225 UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP227 Maxïmo Park Girls Who Play Guitars(7", Single, Whi) Warp Records 7WAP227 UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP227R Maxïmo Park Girls Who Play Guitars(7", Single, Yel) Warp Records 7WAP227R UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP229 Gravenhurst Hollow Men(7", Single, Red) Warp Records 7WAP229 UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP233 Born Ruffians Hummingbird(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP233 US 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP233X Born Ruffians Hummingbird(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP233X UK 2008 Sell This Version
7WAP236 Maxïmo Park Karaoke Plays(7", Single, Ltd, Num, 1/2) Warp Records 7WAP236 UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP236R Maxïmo Park Karaoke Plays(7", Single, Ltd, Num, 2/2) Warp Records 7WAP236R UK 2007 Sell This Version
7WAP240 Jamie Lidell Little Bit Of Feel Good(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP240 UK 2008 Sell This Version
7WAP241 Born Ruffians I Need A Life(7", Single, Red) Warp Records 7WAP241 UK 2008 Sell This Version
7WAP246 Gravenhurst Nightwatchman's Blues / Farewell, Farewell (Single) 7WAP246 UK 2008 Sell This Version
7WAP 254 Born Ruffians Little Garçon 7WAP 254 UK 2008 Sell This Version
7WAP257 Duncan Lloyd Suzee(7", Single, Num, Blu) Warp Records 7WAP257 UK 2008 Sell This Version
7WAP260 Pivot O Soundtrack My Heart(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP260 UK & Europe 2008 Sell This Version
7WAP268 Gonjasufi Holidays / Candylane(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP268 UK 2009 Sell This Version
7WAP269 Gonjasufi Kowboyz&Indians / My Only Friend(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP269 UK 2010 Sell This Version
7WAP270 Gonjasufi Kobwebz / Speaketh(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP270 UK 2010 Sell This Version
7WAP273 Maxïmo Park Wraithlike(7") Warp Records 7WAP273 UK 2009 Sell This Version
7WAP274 Grizzly Bear Live On KCRW(7", Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP274 UK 2009 Sell This Version
7WAP277 Maxïmo Park The Kids Are Sick Again(7", Single, Ora) Warp Records 7WAP277 UK 2009 Sell This Version
7WAP277R Maxïmo Park The Kids Are Sick Again(7", Single, Ora) Warp Records 7WAP277R UK 2009 Sell This Version
7WAP279 Bibio Ambivalence Avenue / Fire Ant(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP279 UK 2009 Sell This Version
7WAP280 Maxïmo Park Questing Not Coasting (Single) 7WAP280 UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
7WAP281 Grizzly Bear While You Wait For The Others(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP281 UK & US 2009 Sell This Version
7WAP282 LoneLady Immaterial(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP282 UK 2009 Sell This Version
7WAP287 Nice Nice One Hit(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP287 UK & US 2009 Sell This Version
7WAP289 LoneLady Intuition(7") Warp Records 7WAP289 UK 2010 Sell This Version
7WAP290 Nice Nice See Waves(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP290 UK & US 2010 Sell This Version
7 WAP 294 Jamie Lidell Compass(7", Single) Warp Records 7 WAP 294 UK 2010 Sell This Version
7WAP295 The Hundred In The Hands Undressed In Dresden(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP295 UK & US 2010 Sell This Version
7waP296 Jamie Lidell The Ring(7", Single) Warp Records 7waP296 UK, Europe & US 2010 Sell This Version
7WAP297 Born Ruffians What To Say(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP297 UK 2010 Sell This Version
7WAP301 Born Ruffians Nova-Leigh(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP301 US 2010 Sell This Version
7WAP324 My Best Fiend Higher Palms(7", Single) Warp Records 7WAP324 UK 2012 Sell This Version
7WAP342 Bibio À Tout À L'heure(7", Single, Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP342 UK 2013 Sell This Version
7WAP343 Kwes. Rollerblades(7", Tra) Warp Records 7WAP343 UK 2013 Sell This Version
7WAP353 Jeremiah Jae Dirty Collections Vol. 1(7", Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP353 UK 2013 Sell This Version
7WAP354 Jeremiah Jae Dirty Collections Vol. 2(7", Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP354 UK 2013 Sell This Version
7WAP355 Jeremiah Jae Dirty Collections Vol. 3(7", Ltd) Warp Records 7WAP355 UK 2013 Sell This Version
7WAP361 !!! And Anyway It's Christmas(7") Warp Records 7WAP361 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
7WARP 24LTD Coco Steel And Lovebomb* Set Me Free(7") Warp Records 7WARP 24LTD UK 1994 Sell This Version
7WARPLP91 Two Lone Swordsmen Further Reminders(7") Warp Records 7WARPLP91 UK 2001 Sell This Version
10WAP 44 Autechre Basscadetmxs (1 Of 3) (EP) 10WAP 44 UK 1994 Sell This Version
10.WAP.44AE Autechre Basscadetmxs (3 Of 3)(10") Warp Records 10.WAP.44AE UK 1994 Sell This Version
10.WAP.44DP Autechre Basscadetmxs (2 Of 3)(10") Warp Records 10.WAP.44DP UK 1994 Sell This Version
10 WAP 50 The Sabres Of Paradise Wilmot II 10 WAP 50 UK 1994 Sell This Version
10WAP 53 Seefeel Fracture / Tied (Single) 10WAP 53 UK 1994 Sell This 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 Sell This Version
10WAP87 Jimi Tenor Outta Space 10WAP87 UK 1997 Sell This Version
10wap87 Jimi Tenor Sugar Daddy 10wap87 UK Unknown Sell This Version
10 WAP 97 Mira Calix Pin Skeeling (Single) 10 WAP 97 UK 1998 Sell This Version
10WAP137 John Callaghan You've Got Your Memories, I've Got My Dreams(10") Warp Records 10WAP137 UK 2000 Sell This Version
10WAP 137 P John Callaghan You've Got Your Memories, I've Got My Dreams(CDr, Promo) Warp Records 10WAP 137 P UK 2000 Sell This Version
10WAP168 Nightmares On Wax Date With Destiny(10") Warp Records 10WAP168 UK 2003 Sell This Version
10WAP173 Home Video That You Might(10") Warp Records 10WAP173 UK 2004 Sell This Version
10WAP 185 X Maxïmo Park Apply Some Pressure 10WAP 185 X UK 2005 Sell This Version
10WAP 242 Leila Mettle(10", EP, Ltd) Warp Records 10WAP 242 UK 2008 Sell This Version
10WAP299 Seefeel Faults(10", EP, Ltd) Warp Records 10WAP299 UK 2010 Sell This Version
10WAP314 Bibio Excuses(10", Ltd) Warp Records 10WAP314 UK 2011 Sell This Version
10WAP334 Gravenhurst The Prize(10", Single, Ltd, Sil) Warp Records 10WAP334 UK, Europe & US 2012 Sell This Version
10WARP LP 55 P Boards Of Canada Telephasic Workshop(10", Ltd, Promo) Warp Records 10WARP LP 55 P UK 1998 Sell This Version
10WARPLP57P Squarepusher My Sound / Don't Go Plastic(10", Promo) Warp Records 10WARPLP57P UK 1998 Sell This Version
10WARP LP 72 Squarepusher Anti-Greylord Protection Scheme Prelude 10WARP LP 72 UK 1999 Sell This Version
10WARP LP 72 P Squarepusher Anti-Greylord Protection Scheme Prelude(12", Promo) Warp Records 10WARP LP 72 P UK 1999 Sell This Version
056 mm Lali Puna I Thought I Was Over That: Rare, Remixed And B-Sides(2xCD, Comp) Morr Music 056 mm Germany 2006 Sell This Version
1234 Squarepusher Hard Normal Daddy(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music Land Records (2) 1234 Russia 1997 Sell This Version

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szalero555

szalero555

November 9, 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

September 19, 2014
Marty Robbins The Chronological Classics Marty Robbins 1960-1961 (2011)
Label: Warped Records [6026] CD 2011
camerabob1

camerabob1

September 30, 2013
I'm going to admit it, I like the old Warp and the new Warp equally. I can see why people have distaste with the label's recent direction, leaning away from their IDM / techno days and more towards alternative rock / indie dance. They've transformed from the greatest electronic music label ever to one of the best indie labels out there, in my opinion. Though, I do understand why the purists would be disappointed.
steady-j

steady-j

September 30, 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
Dubvulture

Dubvulture

September 5, 2013
Battles
Born Ruffians
!!!
Vincent Gallo
GonjaSufi
Gravenhurst
Grizzly Bear
Jamie Lidell
LoneLady
Maxïmo Park
Hudson Mohawke

Eleven reasons why these jokers should have given up the ghost in 1999. And releasing appallingly bad films wasn't the solution to their musical problems.
jaydubbleya

jaydubbleya

December 3, 2010
edited over 4 years ago
Warp Lives!
Clark, Bibio, !!!, Battles
nuff said
selectajones

selectajones

November 24, 2009
edited over 6 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

January 24, 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.
Globe199

Globe199

March 23, 2007
edited over 8 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.
Xylencom

Xylencom

September 13, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
A once-great label that hit it's peak in the late 90's, before gradually falling away. The problem with Warp is that it now seems to focus on irritating post-Autechre/Squarepusher acts the same way that 'indie' pop bands (Franz Ferdinand, the Killers, Arctic Monkeys, whatever NME pimps next) rise and fall on commercial airwaves within the space of four minutes. They need to either bring about another revolution in electronic music as they have done before, or be done with it and, as has already been said, pull the plug.

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