Yesterday’s arrival of the immaculately designed and curated Warp 20 Box Set was indicative of the way I’ve been buying music as of late. Less often, viagra but driven by nostalgia, treat I’ve been fortunate enough to get my hands on the type of things that I’d never be able to afford years ago. Gifts to myself certainly, but an archive like this set — from a label that not only cemented my love of electronic music but of contemporary graphic design as well — means much more given the interactivity used to create it. Warp set up a site asking fans to rate their favorite tracks and included a disk of those highest rated tracks. Very cool. And very Warp.
This isn’t a review. Truth is, you have to be a little Warped to drop coin on box sets of any kind, but for 20-year Warp fans, I cannot speak more highly of this beautiful and beautifully thought out piece of music/art. It’ll hit you right in that same sweet spot that your favorite songs did so long ago.
Feeling nostalgic, I was looking for the perfect track to post from the 5 CDs and 5 10″ slabs of vinyl in the set. What I landed upon is this gorgeous version of “Kaini Industries” from Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children recreated by their pal Bibio, one of Warp’s newest signings. It’s that short intro track the precedes “Bocuma” and “Roygbiv,” really a tryptic of songs that I have always considered a single movement. Can’t get any more appropriate for this blog to have one of my oldest, all-time favorite Warp artists redone by one the label’s brightest new signings. Enjoy.
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