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A few days ago I was listening to this album at 5am whilst driving in a thunderstorm, carnage on a motorway with leaves, wind, rain, lorries everywhere, pitch black, lightning firing off all round.  it sounded fucking sweet and I nearly had a panic attack.

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3 hours ago, Soloman Tump said:

A few days ago I was listening to this album at 5am whilst driving in a thunderstorm, carnage on a motorway with leaves, wind, rain, lorries everywhere, pitch black, lightning firing off all round.  it sounded fucking sweet and I nearly had a panic attack.

At any point in this treacherous journey did you come upon a... sudden roundabout?

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Great album which unfortunately suffers from a handful of times where there are sounds which feel like DSP bends/glitch sounds which are too of their time (Xylin Room has an instance of this with something that sounds like the kind of interference you used to get on some speakers/soundsystems if someone was calling your cellphone while you were listening that you'd hear before your ringtone). There's old sounding DSP which isn't detrimental (even some that works to positive effect like on Sudden Roundabout and Reniform Puls) too, but this slight issue at its worst moments unfortunately puts a bit of a dampening on the replay value for me.

VL AL 5 has some serious foreshadowing of Exai going on, but just more crammed together whoa.

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I almost wish there was a remaster correcting this issue because otherwise the structures and sounds are so so great. Confield which is two years older doesn't feel it. And even if something like EP7 is chockful of preset sounding FM sounds, somehow those don't feel as immediately and intensely aging to the music therein. Sad but true. Otherwise, Draft 7.30 would surely rank higher in my estimation.

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i love draft. no complaints here. to me it has a digital hiphop vibe.  i like the way it sounds particularly because there isn't another autechre record that sounds the way it does. i think it's the heavy use of the akai Z8000 over adat so it stays digital all the time or something.. idk. i know there's lot's of analog stuff but there's stuff on it that just cuts through in this splintered digital slap that i love.  it's also just mutant weird. 

i confess i don't concern myself w/ranking releases as i find it tiresome and have been obsessed w/every release at one time or another so just follow my mood.  in some way they all stand alone or something. shrug. 

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Today was a good Draft 7.30 day.. Did they make other versions of this? Maybe AE's most underrated album. 

This was a very difficult album for me to like but after I started to love the boombap-vibes and the whole atmosphere I was hooked! 
However I think Tapr had made it much better as an open track and Xylin Room as track 2. This track is a killer! 
 

 

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On 1/8/2022 at 3:32 PM, splesh said:

Great album which unfortunately suffers from a handful of times where there are sounds which feel like DSP bends/glitch sounds which are too of their time

I cannot follow this line of thought. What does that mean? There's a prohibition on contemporaneous sounds?

On 1/8/2022 at 9:03 PM, ignatius said:

it's also just mutant weird. 

Yes.

This is my favorite Autechre album. Perfect.

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Nothing like a prohibition, whatsoever. Just certain sounds feel dated to an extent that they distract me and detract from my own enjoyment.

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On 1/8/2022 at 12:32 PM, splesh said:

Great album which unfortunately suffers from a handful of times where there are sounds which feel like DSP bends/glitch sounds which are too of their time (Xylin Room has an instance of this with something that sounds like the kind of interference you used to get on some speakers/soundsystems if someone was calling your cellphone while you were listening that you'd hear before your ringtone). There's old sounding DSP which isn't detrimental (even some that works to positive effect like on Sudden Roundabout and Reniform Puls) too, but this slight issue at its worst moments unfortunately puts a bit of a dampening on the replay value for me.

VL AL 5 has some serious foreshadowing of Exai going on, but just more crammed together whoa.

Interesting. Draft is usually my favorite AE album, and I don't feel this way about it at all. I do have this exact complaint, however, about another one of my favorite albums from that era, Gridlock - Formless. I still love it in a way, but hard to not notice the dated sounds. Funny enough, I even compared it to Draft, saying Draft holds up better. Not sure what possessed me to write this tbh. 

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On 3/15/2022 at 10:25 AM, cern said:

However I think Tapr had made it much better as an open track and Xylin Room as track 2

Interesting to read this as just the other day I was listening to Xylin Room and thinking what a quintessential "autechre opening track" it is lol. Not just because of the classic "very quiet sounds at the beginning that make you crank up your speaker just to get blasted with a sick beat" manoeuvre... I think it also has a certain "welcome to the album" characteristic that good openers have. Gradual buildup of elements, sick breakdown. Classic track :music:

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