Autechre ‎– Draft 7.30

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The name Draft 7.30 supposedly derives from the album being the 30th edited version of their 7th album.

Tracklist

Xylin Room 6:09
IV VV IV VV VIII 4:50
6IE.CR 5:38
Tapr 3:14
Surripere 11:23
Theme Of Sudden Roundabout 4:51
VL AL 5 4:56
P.:NTIL 7:07
V-Proc 6:00
Reniform Puls 8:38

Versions (7)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WARPCD111 Autechre Draft 7.30(CD, Album) Warp Records WARPCD111 UK 2003 Sell This Version
WARPLP111 Autechre Draft 7.30(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP111 UK 2003 Sell This Version
BRC-67 Autechre Draft 7.30(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-67 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
WARPCD111, RTD 126.4092.2 Autechre Draft 7.30(CD, Album) Warp Records, Zomba Records WARPCD111, RTD 126.4092.2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
WARPMC111P Autechre Draft 7.30(Cass, Promo, Album) Warp Records WARPMC111P UK 2003 Sell This Version
WARPCDD111 Autechre Draft 7.30(10xFile, FLAC, Album) Warp Records WARPCDD111 UK Unknown
WARPCDD111 Autechre Draft 7.30(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Warp Records WARPCDD111 Unknown

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adam01

adam01

May 28, 2016
edited 3 months ago
referencing Draft 7.30, CD, Album, WARPCD111
This is their magnum opus.
Tri Repatae is their peak time master piece, but Draft stands as the total sum of their sonic technology artistic output.
Grab a vile, an ocean view, a hi fidelity sound system and go here....
Cardia1

Cardia1

September 8, 2013
referencing Draft 7.30, CD, Album, WARPCD111

This Album is similiar to "Untilted", although i found this one more satisfying. The first music "Xylin Room" has an impressive melody, it reminds me Ghosts doing crazy things, the following tracks share a similiar style with lovely glitches, i also love "Surripere","Theme of Sudden Roundabout" wich are very dark, and "Reniform plus" wich sounds morbid :). One of the best Autechre releases.
Dubvulture

Dubvulture

August 3, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Draft 7.30, CD, Album, WARPCD111

This one and 'Untilted' feel very much a pair.
Pitchhiker

Pitchhiker

June 3, 2012
referencing Draft 7.30, CD, Album, WARPCD111

Once you get into these breaks beats and glitches your all over it! I just can't get enough! Very cool album and i think is good somebody who is just going to get into Autechre.
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dghkfhldfdhlfa

December 13, 2010
referencing Draft 7.30, CD, Album, WARPCD111
the inevitable "back to the classic sound" record tends to follow an extended period of creativity and experimentalism. it also tends to signal the death of an act in the sense that it means the act has given up on the creative process and has collapsed back to what they know sells, what they know is a marketable product.

that's not to say that this is a bad record, nor is it to say that autechre did not apply any of the techniques that they had previously pioneered in the post-repetae phase. this is unquestionably a post-repetae record, but it comes off as a record that could have been released immediately after tri repetae. all of the hallmarks of that era are here - the intricate yet club friendly beats, the thick harmonic layerings, the haunting ambience, the brilliant sequencing and the creative use of samples and random noises - but they have been spliced with the creativity and abstract nature of their several previous heavily experimental and partially generated records.

likely, this was created as a compromise to bridge the growing gap between two increasingly disparate groups of people that were buying autechre records and had it been released in 1997 right after repetae and not in 2003 after 6 years of brilliant creativity and abstraction i would probably declare it a masterpiece. yet, as it is, it seems oddly regressive. yes, autechre have managed to take a piece of music that is decades away from entering the consciousness of mainstream culture and have managed to make it sound outdated but that reflects more on their past work than it does on this record.

everybody who has ever liked anything that autechre have ever released should like at least parts of this record. anybody who enjoys most of what they've produced over the years should like the whole thing all the way through. yet, it's hard to pick out a demographic of longtime listeners that would find themselves really entranced by this. those who only like the early stuff will complain that it's better, but it's still too noisy; the late 90s listeners will complain that it's too structured and "poppy", although it must be understood that some relative concept of pop needs to be employed when talking about how it is that anybody could consider this record anything remotely close to pop music. it comes off almost as though it's two very different eps that are mixed and matched together; the constant jumps from abstraction to structure are punctuation, not evolution and as a result do not let the record flow, breathe or ebb in the way that the preceding records did. that's not bad, it's just different and, maybe, from my viewpoint, less enjoyable.

the people most likely to find this record mesmerizing are people that would have been likely to like chiastic slide in 1997 but were between the ages of 10 and 15 and so are unlikely to have been exposed to it. these people would be in their early 20s right now.....they are people that likely first experienced popular music through chemical brothers videos on mtv and so have grown up with a conception of semi-obscure electronic music that is likely fairly similar to the conception of semi-obscure industrial and punk music that i had at that age, they have grown up with mp3s and cell phones and all kinds of other contraptions that incessantly buzz and whir, they measure time in years BI(nternet) and years AI and couldn't even conceive of what to eat in the absence of a microwave......if you're in this demographic, look for this disc and then move backwards through the back catalog.

if you're a little older, i will admit that i can't see any reason to recommend not listening to this disc because it is absolutely an enjoyable (if perhaps slightly disengaged) piece of music from beginning to end. however, given the band's back catalog, i can't see any reason to recommend it to you either.
King_of_Town

King_of_Town

June 13, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Draft 7.30, 2xLP, Album, WARPLP111

This gatefold vinyl edition of the album is quite excellent. Great music. Classic Autechre.
tibbar

tibbar

December 5, 2007
referencing Draft 7.30, CD, Album, WARPCD111

Although I agree that this is their finest work to date, I don't agree with the "cold, sterile" description the previous reviewer gave. This is actually quite a perfect blend of all of their phases over the years. You can hear the melodic work of LP5 in tracks like "Reniform Puls". There is an almost Tri Repetae rhythm section during the first half of "Surripere". The Confield-like rigidity of "6ie.Cr". Chiastic Slide, EP7, Gantz Graf, and even Amber are all represented prominently here. I find this to be their most rich and rewarding work. It is comfortable and familiar, yet exciting and fresh. Without a doubt, my hands-down all-time absolute favorite from Ae.
AkA

AkA

June 6, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Draft 7.30, CD, Album, WARPCD111

I disagree with anyone who says this album is hard to get into. OK, there may be the odd couple of seconds between some bars filled with glitch and groans before the beat comes back, but other than that, this album is completely beat-driven. The first two tracks serve as an eerie intro and on first listen, it sounds like a very dark album like Confield. However when 61e.CR drops the hip-hop/old-skool electro bloodline that Autechre carry comes though so prominently; it's almost impossible not to bop your head throughout the rest of the LP.

The vast majority of the tracks are 4/4 (which Autechre prove isn't always a bad thing,) hold bouncy melodies and basslines, making them "accessible" for even anti-breakbeat purists. Despite this, the innovation is not lost, with leads, rumbles and pads made from industrial groans, electronic percussion and sounds oscillated so fast that they sound like a single synth drone.

This album is almost a marriage between the looped breaks of their early 1990s releases and the new direction the group took circa 2000. Because of this, I would recommend anyone wishing to find out what Autechre are all about should listen to this LP before anything else.
mjago85

mjago85

October 7, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
referencing Draft 7.30, 2xLP, Album, WARPLP111

Undoubtedly my favourite Autechre album. When I first looked into them and came across "Tri Repetae++" and "Incunabula", I was a little disappointed as they weren't anywhere near as edgy and forward thinking as I thought they would be. Maybe these two have dated in their sound; you know it for sure when listening to "Draft 7.30". Most of the tracks here could almost pass for being of the clicks and cuts aesthetic, but are just a teensy bit edgier and have a continually ominous vibe throughout. "Surripere" and "V-Proc" are definitely the best tracks, probably closely followed by "Xylin Room" and "IV VV VI VII VIII", but the ending of "Reniform Puls" stays with you owing to its clever use of a sampling of speaker feedback.
Reticulum_Flux

Reticulum_Flux

August 11, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Draft 7.30, CD, Album, WARPCD111
Almost seems like a step back from the previous release, the Gantz Graf EP. Gantz, while way out there, had a certain approachable sound to it, the beats were pretty distinct and could easily be followed along. Draft 7.30, while not as jumbled as 2001's "Confield", still manages to demand a patient listener to fully appreciate. From here they took a 2 year break before releasing "Untitled" in 2005. Oddly enough, Untitled seems to borrow more from the Gantz Graf era and not a progress of Draft.

In my opinion, Draft 7.30 was something they just wanted to get out of their system before moving on to their next phase, which was started with the Gantz EP. Nevertheless... This album is pure Autechre, and fans will want to check it out!