50/Fifty Coming Up: #14 and #13


The Chemical Brothers blow up The Charlatans and Autechre bring on their usual awkward approach.

At #14, we have autechre. Sheffield’s finest and most wayward electronic act – more here. Never ones for an easy life, their stuff veers wildly from the brilliant through the annoying all the way to the downright unlistenable. Anyone who tells you that they like all of autechre’s work is either lying or a pseud. But when autechre get it right, they nail it.

And the track to feature is 1994’s Flutter. A totally danceable riposte to the imminent Criminal Justice Act, it says:

Printed on sticker placed as a seal:
“Warning: Lost and Djarum contain repetitive beats. We advise you not to play these tracks if the Criminal Justice Bill becomes law. Flutter has been programmed in such a way that no bars contain identical beats and can therefore be played at 45 or 33 revolutions under the proposed law. However we advise DJs to have a lawyer and musicologist present at all times to confirm the non-repetitive nature of the music in the event of police harrassment.

By breaking this seal, you accept full responsibilty for any consequential action resulting from the product’s use, as playing the music contained within these recordings may be interpreted as oppostion to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill.”

Now, what I hadn’t realised was that the track could be played at 33 or 45. But I only had the CD version, which equates to the 45rpm version. I love the political nature of the track but also the unusual sense of joy that the off-kilter synths impact.

Here’s the 33rpm version, on which D says “Great fucking track BUT the 33rpm version only. Far more atmospheric than the 45rpm.

And the 45rpm version

At #13, The Charlatans (or The Charlatans UK is you’re from the USA) and their baggy rock sound get a total pasting from The Chemical Borthers in full on attack mode in 1995. There’s backward sounds, Tim burgess’ nah nah nahs and then… boom. This is a total freak out of epic heaviosity.

Best bit: the break at 1.55 which combines immense Chems drums with lovely la la lahs.


~ by acidted on January 14, 2013.

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