The 5+ hour, 79-track mix moves from Coil to the Scientist to Eno, YMO, Model 500, 808 State, and beyond.
Got plans this weekend? Autechre’s got the dance-all-night set covered.
The brilliant electronic team founded more than 30 years ago by Sean Booth and Rob Brown recently uploaded a five-and-a-half hour mix of early 1990s dance tracks that inspired the pair to commit to a life constructing and deconstructing beat-based electronic music.
To call the mix, which Autechre describes as featuring “some of the stuff that was floating around us at the time,” epic would be an understatement. The 79 tracks, dubbed a “1992 Contextual Mix,” paint a vivid picture of a moment when a new form of music was being generated as if computer-code rhythms had infiltrated the psyches of an entire generation.
The less mystical reason for the explosion, though, is that new software and hardware allowed young producers to secure enough inexpensive gear and info to create tracks that sounded fucking wild at full volume on the dance floor.
Famously, Warp Records co-founder Steve Beckett outlined this shift in 1992: “It’s not going to be long before an artist can make an album, film, CD1 and CDO in his or her own bedroom for a few thousand pounds, advertise the ‘product’ to hundreds of thousands of people directly via the computer networks and sell directly to them,” Beckett predicted. “This will completely cut out the need for the usual trek around the major entertainment companies looking for finance, and could lead to things getting really interesting.”
It had already gotten interesting, and the evidence is all over Autechre’s 330-minute mix, which is beat-matched to keep you caged within the dance floor for hours on end. AutechreHeads, which rival the devotion of Deadheads, have built a spreadsheet that IDs all the tracks.
Is it deep? No, it’s deeeeeeep. For example, DTox’s ‘The Experiment,’ which is a transformative track when it arrives at the 1:08:34 mark, will likely make you jump to Discogs.
Autechre also leans into tracks by the Scientist (not to be confused with the dub producer), which are dense with 808 breaks and propellent bass lines.
The Orb remixes Yellow Magic Orchestra at the 5:14:41 mark, a sign that the mix is hitting its wee-small-hours cuddle-puddle phase, when the ravers are coming down, making out or swaying wobbly-legged to the beat in an open field.
You can listen to the whole mix – which you should do from start to finish right now – by clicking below.