Limited to only 500 copies and released on Record Store Day, April 16th 2016 here is another purple series 12" from Warp Records.
Initially, when its an exclusive RSD item and one of my fave record labels, it is automatically on my "will kill for" list of grabs to find on RSD, but in Chicago this year I hit no less than 5 stores and no one saw this locally so I had to pick up on eBay, which is sorta cheating in my book - but I did make the run and hit 5 local record stores on RSD 2016, what about you?
This was a positive release from all contributing artists, which includes Mark Pritchard, Bibio and Clark. The record opens with Mark Pritchard, who is better known for his etheral low-fi ambient sound. Pritchard also released his own proper full length release on Warp this year called 'Under the Sun' which yielded a charting single called "Beautiful People" that includes guest vocals from Thom Yorke (as if you don't know who he is?). The Mark Pritchard track on this record is 'A Badman Sound' and as all things breakbeat records go, they are either really authentic and feel amazing when you hear them or sound contrived and fake. This is the real deal and has a very dark, almost Alec Empire feel to it, which is a super high 10 thumbs up and a great way to kick off this triple artist 12" single. The second track called 'Heath Town' comes from experimental folk-electronica artist Bibio. This song opens with a long, distored fuzz that makes you feel like your turntable might need a new needle, but then slides into a very fun and familiar house music synth riff that takes you to the door or 1988 Chicago House avenue. Albeit, the entire track is full distortion and is very interesting, I just could not get past the heavy distortion... but perhaps my stereo is ill equipped to handle such heavy production value, my bad Bibio. The last track, which is the main reason for me hunting it down on eBay in the first place comes from my second favourite Warp artist (only second to RDJ himself, so there) the genius that is Clark (aka Chris Clark). Last year, Clark absolutely blew me away on multiple levels with his self-titled release that is one of the most haunting records I have and will ever listen to. If you haven't checked out that album and you are a vinyl junkie, you must invest and add this into your collection. It has a beautiful die cut cover and record sleeve that must have been very fucking expensive to manufacture, but to set the proper asthetic feel to the album, I can fully understand and appreciate it. So the 'Inf Inf Inf' track on this 12" single is by far the shining song on this release. It is extremely layered and complex sounding, with distant synths calling out into the night like a sad distress call, looking for a stranded stranger in the distance.
In summary, each song on this 12" follow along a themed breakbeat style, and each bring something utterly unique and deep to the record... so listening to all tracks all the way through will give you the full effect the assemblage of these artists had intended, and is definitely a keeper. Any WARP records release is a keeper in my humble opinion, I've never been disappointed by WARP records. The last purple series I found in a used record store was this obscure release from Something J and DJ Maxximus that is a total head fuck and thrilling as fuck joyride down rave boulevard whilst dropping acid and laughing in the face of God... and for $4.00 used and being the only person smart enough to recognize Warp records stuff, it made for a thrilling day of crate digging. Buy anything you can find on Warp records is my closing thought.
-ChrisModem 3/5 Stars
See below for some awesome videos from these Warp artists.