Try setting aside your personal opinion about Autechre's music for a while and consider them in a larger cultural context. That is, how much you either like or dislike Exai or Oversteps, how relevant do you think Autechre are as a musical phenomenon today?
The release of Exai hardly had the flare of Tomorrow's Harvest when it was released, but then again, BoC have always appealed to a larger crowd. New artist come and take the spotlight, some stay and some quickly fade away, but I'm wondering if a new release from Autechre these days still has as much of a cultural impact as, say, Tomorrow's Harvest has had recently.
In their IDM hayday together with Aphex Twin and superstar Chris Cunningham directing videos for them, Autechre were (I am going out on a limb here since I was only around 10 years old at that time) part of a big cultural movement and phenomenon.
I mean you also have to take into account the specific subculture that Autechre was and is still, to much of the reason why I ask these questions, very much a part of. IDM and that style of electronic music that developed in the 90s and that Autechre evolved in new directions in the early 00's.
Whose more influential and/or relevant these days? What genres are hot?
I have a hard time mentioning other artists at the moment but one that comes to mind is definitely Actress. And Burial and Four Tet of course.