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1 review »Warp Records were (and for many folks still are) in terms of cutting edge electronic music an institution, and they're currently celebrating the 20 years of their existence with a super lavish box set. But for those who simply want the meat of new material and a few oldies there are standard CD editions of 'Warp20 (Chosen') and also 'Warp20 (recreated)'. The 'Chosen' comp compiles 24 tracks on two ... »

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8/10 Ant Staff review, 25 September 2009
Warp Records were (and for many folks still are) in terms of cutting edge electronic music an institution, and they're currently celebrating the 20 years of their existence with a super lavish box set. But for those who simply want the meat of new material and a few oldies there are standard CD editions of 'Warp20 (Chosen') and also 'Warp20 (recreated)'. The 'Chosen' comp compiles 24 tracks on two CD's. The first disc features tracks chosen by "the fans" and judging by the selection, the labels current fan base must be fairly young. With the exception of the odd track like LFO and Nightmares On Wax's UK house classic 'I'm For Real' the formative years of the label are really not represented. I would have liked to have seen Sweet Exorcist, Forgemasters etc. in there but I guess the label already did a classics comp (plus I couldn't be arsed voting). It does make my mind boggle though at some of the choices i.e Clark, Jimmy Edgar, Grizzly Bear, Battles and so on. Even the bigger hitters over stuff like Polygon Window (Quoth anybody? A blueprint for hard/minimal/ industrial-edged techno!, Black Dog etc. It's more of a flavor of the month type affair than a true representation of the history. Steve Beckett's selection is also mainly late period Warp, cool he put Mike Ink 'Paroles in there:). The artwork/ photography looks like it is some college/ uni prospectus or an advert in a paper for an architecture company. I'm no designer but a purple die-cut classic sleeve would have been loads better, at least I feel in terms of representing the cult status of the label. Hey I'm probably an old stuck in the mud. You know at this point in time I'm looking at the 'Recreated' tracklist. As a big supporter of the local milkman I try out Born Ruffians take on Aphex's "Milkman' and it's as crud as I imagined. Rustie re-does Elecktroids mint tune 'Midnight Drive' in a dubby clicks and cuts type style but ultimately seems a pointless exercise to me. Vibert slows LFO down a bit to make space for some extra tweakage. LFO's 'What Is House gets the Autechre treatment. I love the original to death and can confess they did a decent job on this one. Paying homage to the original but not messing it up too much. Russell Haswell defy's expectations with his Wild Planet mix which was a good less known track type choice to work with. The original's raw machine grooves are kept jackin' until he does a big computer re-assemble on them. Sounds like he's having a right laugh with this cut from 1993 but it's nothing to write home about.

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