Boomkat Product Review:
Autechre's sublime, lifted rework of Seefeel's "Artificial Intelligence II" classic is available once more, remastered from the original DAT by Stefan Betke (aka Pole). If you've not heard this before you're in for a treat.
Fans of Autechre's enduringly influential "Anti" era - particularly the eerie, iconic 'Vletrmx' - take note. The Rochdale duo reworked 'Spangle' back in 1994 when the original track was released, transforming the original's dub backroom cloudz into a 12-minute synthetic meditation. Disembodied flute sounds hover around thin, wavering synth pads and the faintest brush of percussion; it's music engineered for out of body experiences and marks a fertile mid-point between Seefeel's emotive electronic post-rock and Autechre's comparatively insular robotic world-building.
Plenty of producers have attempted to recreate this sound - a virtual side-room in half-cocked musical purgatory - but few manage it with the grace or restraint that Autechre conjure here. To be fair, they never really hit this seam again either. Essential, flawless and completely classic.