Warp10+1 [coll] – [Warp Records Ltd]
This is a 1999 compilation release from Warp — actually a historical compilation of techno, acid and electronica reflecting artists and tracks that inspired the label’s founders and its line of artists. As such this compilation could be considered a ‘classic hits’ release, which is peculiar as electronic music has always been transient where new trends and styles are created on a monthly basis and it’s a rarity to pay much interest in oldies material. This collection has early Detroit techno (Model 500, Rhytmin is Rhythim…), early day UK acid house and even rarities such as Bang The Party, Unique Three and Steve Pointdexter’s Computer Madness rarity track. ??It also has A Guy Called Gerald’s Voodoo Ray that made me remember the early day rave scene in Sydney.
To be fair, some of the tracks have aged well and other tracks have just aged. The material also showcases the technological limits of the early day sequencers with 16 bar max sequence patterns and samplers with limited amount of loop memory time. It was fascinating to hear how those were overcome by intriguing arrangements. It’s also clear that the way drum patterns were designed that are seldom heard in today’s electronic music with a huge amount of hi-hat shuffling and marching band style snares. This all gives the release a nod towards nostalgia which has never been a synonym for electronic dance music.