Boomkat Product Review:
Much of Autechre's best work can be found on their EP's and singles, so as far as we're concerned this gargantuan 47 track set pretty much reads like a sort of golden era best-of.
When the Anti EP came it out in '94 it was released in reaction to the criminal justice bill, and in particular that part of the legislation aimed squarely at rave culture: "By breaking this seal, you accept full responsibilty for any consequential action resulting from the product's use, as playing the music contained within these recordings may be interpreted as oppostion to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill." read the seal on the 12".
But the EP was more than just smart-arsery, "Flutter" was programmed in such a way that the beats were non-repetetive (thus circumventing the legislation), but also ushering Autechre into a new, non-linear phase, leading onto much of their post-Amber material and in effect the birth of the whole IDM movement (shudder). Although it was released several years before 'Anti', it would take us until the tail-end of the 90's to lay our hands on a copy of 'Cavity Job'', the first Autechre twelve from 1991. It's never been available on any digital formats before - and vinyl copies still go for a small fortune - so its inclusion here is inspired and most welcome, giving many a first glimpse of Ae's earliest productions.
1995 was a good vintage, fitting in two EP's alongside the release of 'Tri Repetae': 'Garbage' and 'Anvil Vapre'. Split into two twelves, Anvil Vapre was fierce and uncompromising, with "Second Bad Vilbel" (twinned with Glossop) not only managing to almost pierce our eardrums the first time we put it on, but also gifting the world the first video work from Chris Cunningham. "Garbage" followed later on that year and contains a proper Ae pearl - "Garbagemx36", deployed with dubbed-out chords and a slowly creeping melody (the track clocks in at just under 15 minutes), it was a fleeting but perfectly formed flirtation with dub that sat perfectly alongside the first Macro Dub Infection compilation that came out at about the same time. If you haven't heard it before - do it.
Fast Forward to 1999 and you have what still counts for us, alongside LP5, as one of the best Autechre releases: EP7. Once again split into two vinyl parts, it found Booth and Brown at a creative peak. Highlights are too many to speak of, but the rolling drums and buried melodies of Maphive 6.1 still completely destroy us, every time. There's just so much left to mention, from the two Peel Sessions to Envane, Cichlisuite and Gantz Graf, and (notwithstanding the killer We R Are Why and Splitrmx 12"s which aren't included), pretty much all of Autechre's non-album material for Warp is here - and that really does make for a box full of treats.