Boomkat Product Review:
20 years after its original vinyl release, the self-titled EP by Lego Feet – aka Autechre’s Sean Booth and Rob Brown – finally lands on CD, with substantial extras, clocking in at a total of 70 minutes. The first ever release on Skam Records, for many this really is the holy grail of British electronica: pre-dating even the first official Autechre 12”, ‘Cavity Job’. Issued in limited quantities in ’91, the vinyl has never been re-pressed and remains incredibly rare – there’s currently an original copy listed on Discogs for £300. Save for a couple of short segments appearing on Skam compilations, none of the music has been available on any other format – until now. It almost goes without saying that it’s ace, with a shape-shifting sound that looks forward to the serotonin-depleted post-electro of Incunabula (one passage sounds like a sketch for ‘Basscadet’), and even beyond that. It’s hard to refer to specific parts, so all we can do is to advise you to look out for: instant classic basslines for messed-up B-boys, industrial techno breakbeats that BMB/Surgeon would be proud of, synth melodies the equal of anything by Richard D. James, intense 303 acid burn-ups, hardcore drum choppage and a genuine sense of Detroit machine-soul being reconfigured for the North of England. All in all, it’s Booth and Brown’s most dancefloor-friendly release ever, its roots in acid house and rave culture explicit; at the same time it hints at the abstraction and future-rushing idiosyncrasy that would quickly become Autechre’s signature. Coupled with the EP anthology compiled by Warp, Lego Feet caps what has been a bountiful year for Ae nuts, and one which has left us in no doubt – as if there ever was any – of the duo’s eternal and undisputable badman status. Essential.