Album Review: Autechre – ‘Oversteps’ (Warp)

An imaginative offering from these pioneers of electronica

Rob Brown, one half of duo Autechre, was an architect by training, which perhaps goes some way in explaining the highly stylised, hyper-structural awareness that underpins their electronica. In their 19 years of activity, they’ve swung from epochal experimentalism to the ear-splittingly unlistenable. So it is that ‘Oversteps’ has its erratic, car-spinning-out-of-control moments but is nonetheless an enticing ‘Welcome’ billboard for their sometimes harrowing, often hopeful City Of Sound. True, Warp & Aphex’s age of electro may have passed, and some tricks here that were once jarring now seem familiar, but their prickly oeuvre of tantalising possibility still feeds the imagination.

Alex Hoban

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