Boomkat Product Review:
Whilst Warp's revolving-door policy sees the likes of Maximo Park now signed to the label, imprint stalwarts Plaid provide an unfussy glance back at what originally made their name. As much of a Warp stalwart as Aphex, Autechre and Squarepusher, Plaid rose from the ashes of Black Dog - taking the gloopy electronic schematic with them and in doing so spinning the chiming beats and swooping chords into more warm-hearted territories. Very much harking back to the sound of 2001's 'Double Figure', 'Greedy Baby' bolsters its aural content with a full-on DVD by the duo's visual engineer Bob Jaroc - wherein some really pleasing animation and short-films intermingle to create an utterly satisfying unity of sound+vision. In other words, it all looks bonza and will certainly crop up on future visual culture collections. As for the music, Plaid have refined the soapy breed of electronica which made their name to such a degree that they seem in no real hurry to change, with opening track 'War Dialler' immediately contradicting this view. Based around a set of dialing tones and engaged static, the mood is established as dark and unspecific - with Plaid shifting gear again on the following 'I Citizen The dialing' - this time choosing to admit church-style organs to the fray. Written and recorded in 5.1 Surround Sound, my little headphones suggest that the likes of 'ZN Zero', 'To' and 'Super Positions' would come across as blinding on a proper system - constituting as they do a furnace-blast of old-fashioned, skitteringtronica. Played!