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Album Review

Leading up to the disappointing Chiastic Slide album, Autechre's Envane EP was more or less a deceptive release that hinted of a low, cold rumble of a full-length that never truly appeared. The group attempt four interpretations on a similar theme; this time trying to bring into fruition cut-up hip-hop beats and looped mini-rhythms that feed off of each other instead of constantly going against one another's grain. Tracks like "Laughing Quarter" is a relatively danceable onslaught of clever synth arrangements and lightning flares whereas "Goz Quarter" seems to slice staticy patter with blades of melancholic breakbeats. Autechre usually succeeds more in the remix or EP environment, and Envane goes some way to prove that. Such an EP is not a leap forward, but an awfully interesting side step.

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, Eng

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Like Aphex Twin, Autechre were about as close to being experimental techno superstars as the tenets of their genre and the limitations of their audience allowed. Through a series of full-length works and a smattering of EPs on Warp, Clear, and their own Skam label, Autechre consistently garnered the praise of press and public alike. Unlike many of their more club-bound colleagues, however, Autechre's Sean Booth and Rob Brown had roots planted firmly in American electro, and though the more mood-based,...
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