Autechre Curated
label: atp
compilation includes: public enemy, masters of illusion, push button objects, dr dooom, autechre, baby ford, others.
year of release: 2003
 
Not everyone can go to the All Tomorrow's Parties. So there needs to be a compilation and here it is. And with the selection of artists going all over the place, that's just a sign of how the parties actually are: they go all over the place with the music. What then makes the whole record a little strange, a little thrown together. But with some gems on here, who's to complain when there's a little weird electronic music to listen to? Exactly.

tracklisting
cd 1
1. Public Enemy "Gotta Give The Peeps What They Need"
2. Masters Of Illusion "Bay-Bronx Bridge (Bhongra Remix)"
3. Gescom "Mag (ae Remix)"
4. Push Botton Objects "ATP Track"
5. Jim O'Rourke "Call Up On Your Sisters"
6. O.S.T. "DfDE"
7. Made "Type Tactical"
8. Dr Dooom "Leave Me Alone (Peanut Butter Wolf Remix)"
9. Stasis "Artifax"
cd 2
1. BFC "Please Stand By"
2. Anthony 'Shake' Shakir "Ghetto Features (Go Figure)"
3. Mark Broom "Translucid"
4. Disjecta "Tiny Elements"
5. Autechre "/]{- /](||) excerpt"
6. Earth "Dissolution III (Oversaturated Intervallic Collisions)"
7. Bola "Magnasushi"
8. Pita "Atipfin"
9. Baby Ford "Serpentine Tale"
10. Hecker "Stocha Acid, Additional Tables, Set 2 Modie Mix"
We pass by Public Enemy's "Gotta Give The Peeps What They Need" to get to Masters Of Illusion's "Bay-Bronx Bridge (Bhongra Remix)". Now, this track in its original form caused a little ruckus back in the day. Motion Man sounds even more Ultramagnetic on here than his partner in MOI Kool Keith. But this is the remix. And the remix goes the Indian as in Curry route, learning from the success of the trend, to come up with something that's just dope. The speed is still quicker, the vibe of the beat and flow works perfectly, and the remix doesn't force itself on the song's initial idea. Well, at the end, all those changes wouldn't even have been needed, and actually take away from the overall. Nevertheless, we don't know how wide spread this song, but if it's an exclusive, then you might just have to buy this compilation, simply for this little ditty. And then, there's another track for the rap fan, and it's coming from the same neck of the water, as Dr Dooom's "Leave Me Alone" gets a reworking by Peanut Butter Wolf. The Wolf digs out a big sample that's good, but with the words, it lacks the chemistry of the other remix. Despite the beat being very good, it just doesn't really merge with the words, but sounds more like something that was intended and should have remained an instrumental song.
And after that, we drift into the Electronica waters with the good Gescom's "Mag (ae Remix)" and the "ATP Track" by Push Botton Objects. This is none of the head neck bounce breakbeats, but a stopping and going empty spaced blissful composition. Thoroughly abstract is Jim O'Rourke's "Call Up On Your Sisters". And this is not just advanced abstract, but video art instillation, put a bucket of paint in front of a canvas and blast at it type abstract. As this is more a sound collage, a sound exhibition. It's an empty space of seemingly random blimps and tweezing, that progresses over almost six minutes, for an artistic and atmospheric, but not traditionally musical conclusion. The theme stays the same on O.S.T.'s "DfDE", that however at least got some rhythm. The sounds are still very progressed and processed, making this hardly a casual listen. As opposed to Made's "Type Tactical", that's a calm, while kinda sneaky, pretty little bubbling piece. There's a pulsar going on the tiding "Artifax" by Stasis, with the push being still more Electronica and chill than House.
What then takes us to the second disc that features a lot more experimentism. And if nothing else, all of 'em are interesting, with many in an exciting way. There's a dominant drum on BFC's "Please Stand By", that has big layers too though creating a building contrast. The drums then get hectic on Anthony 'Shake' Shakir's "Ghetto Futures (Go Figure)", with the direction we're heading to getting more and more distinctively technic. With the easy listening of Disjecta's "Tiny Elements" filling a completely different place than the encircling "/]{- /](||) excerpt" by Autechre. And yes, that's the name of the song. With both these being good, while "Dissolution III (Oversaturated Intervallic Collisions)" by Earth is mainly exhausting. It's ten minutes of dissolved guitar striking, with a free jazz hard rock appeal. So there's peace in "Atipfin" by Pita and there's a groove in "Serpentine Tale" by Baby Ford. Until finally "Stocha Acid, Additional Tables, Set 2 Modi Mix" by Hecker really and completely deconstructs everything.
So at times, this is definitely a: 'I guess you had to be there' type of something. However, with some of the songs just being very good, some others actually being exclusives, and with the true smartaleck always being interested in expanding her/his horizon, a little weird electronic music shall not rob you from your sleep. Or from pumping that Masters Of Illusions joint again.
review: tadah
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