let me just give my top 10
Yes I know all of these albums are Warp published but they are genuinely my favorite records of all time.
10. Two Lone Swordsmen – Stay Down
Two Lone Swordsmen are minimal Techno master in my opinion. Their work, even though they aren’t active under this moniker anymore, is extremely underrated. This album is an overlooked classic. From the beautiful cover art tot the stunning texture and atmosphere of the tracks… it’s all perfect! Every track flows incredibly nice and they are memorable to boot. I fucking love the idea of a nautical IDM Techno album and these Lone Swordsmen have made just that! A perfect, sometimes moody dive into the deep.
9. LFO – Advance
LFO’s magnum opus imo. This record is so perfect I could talk about every single song in detail for hours, from the textures, the mood and the stuff that these tracks make me picture…. Take, for example, Ultra Schall. This track, to me, sounds like cave diving in this beautiful cave full of crystals and. Or the track Them, wich is like the beauty of the north pole in music form. I know these are random as fuck thoughts but things like that make this album special to me. There is so much emotion packed into some of these tracks even though I feel like LFO wasn’t intending on making a very emotional record.
8. Flying Lotus – Los Angeles
What can I say about this album… Magical beat music that sends you into outer space and beyond. The way FlyLo makes these tracks sound is stunning. Such rich, dense layering and texturing… Especially stuff like Golden Diva sends me into the unknown.
7. Brothomstates – Claro
If it wasn’t for the nostalgia, I hold for the albums that come after this one I would have placed it higher. Brothom is maybe THE artist that I miss the most. This guy is the most underrated act in the world. The stuff he does on this album and on Qtio (the accompanying EP) is something that I have rarely heard before. It’s so experimental yet so catchy… And I have heard people comparing Brothom to Ae and Aphex etc etc but that isn’t justified in my opinion. He has his own, unique sound and way of making tracks. Listen to Brothomstates Ixpen, In, Mdrmx, Qtio, Vleade and Brothomstates Vs. Bill Yard for example…. It’s criminal that gems like that have gone under the radar…
6. The Black Dog – Spanners
Ohhh boy… The Black Dog have always been something special to me. I just can’t wrap my head around the way they (or he) mix eastern sounds with techno. This album fucks with your brain and it takes a while to click, but when it does you’re in for a treat. From the mysterious Raxmus to the weird, psychedelic Further Harm to amazing IDM/Middle Eastern/Techno on Barbola Work. Even the “Bolt” interludes leave a mark! Even after Handley and Turner left to continue as Plaid I feel like The Black Dog has still been more consistently good. Music For Adverts (And Short Films), Bytes and Silenced are all near-perfect classics with Spanners taking the cake.
5. Squarepusher – Go Plastic
Insanity. That’s all I have to say. Perfect, beautiful insanity. This record is Tom going ALL OUT on every aspect. To this day I still can’t wrap my head around tracks like Greenways Trajectory. The sound design and editing/manipulation is something no one has ever come close to doing as well as Tom does on this record. And it also has it’s accessible moments like the literally perfect opener “My Red-Hot Car”
4. Autechre – Chiastic Slide
What I love about Chiastic is the incredibly layered sounds, the rich textures, the weird yet accessible song structures, the melodies and the crunchy beats, the perfectly fitting cover art and I could keep going on like this for a while. This is the first Ae album that clicked with me on first listen and it's what got me into them in the first place. I'll always treasure it and it never gets boring since there are always new sounds hidden in the deep layers of the tracks that you'll have never noticed before. I can go on and on talking about tracks like Recury or Nuane………………
3. Clark – Totem’s Flare
Up until recently Body Riddle had this spot because it was my introduction to Clark. But after all these years I must say that I have to give Totem’s Flare this spot now. This record is loud! Bombastic! Energetic! Fun! What I so deeply love about Clark’s music is that every track is like 5 tracks merged into one. These things, especially stuff like Outside Plume, Look into The Heart Now, TOTEM CRACKERJACK and Future Daniel are ever changing entities. And fucking masterfully created entities at that. This album, every single time I listen to it, gives me such an outburst of euphoria…. And he uses his voice on this record! I usually am not the biggest fan of vocals in music but the way he uses his voice on stuff like Rainbow voodoo just works really well.
2. Boards of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children
The mysteriousness of this record and the brothers that have created is has never ceased to intrigued me. The way the duo evokes a feeling of nostalgia is beyond me. These tracks are like small portals that open up when you listen to them that bring you back in time. It’s pure magic. And the tracks happen to sound like pure magic as well! My personal all-time favorites are Rue The Whirl, Sixtyten and Pete Standing Alone. But in all honesty, every single track is s t u n n i n g.
1. Aphex Twin – Drukqs
What can I say? It’s the album that introduced me to IDM…. This is it… The perfect record. Nothing will top it. It’s flawless in every respect. From mind melting to emotional, or both at the same time! I can’t handle how good, HOW PERFECT this album is and I twill always hold a very special place in my heart.
I want to thank Warp for putting out the best records I have ever heard. I have such a burning passion for this genre that I could talk about this music for days. I am incredibly thankful for everyone who has helped make this genre of music become what it is today. My world would have been A LOT worse without it.