Vote for Warp Record’s 20th Comp

windowlickerWarp Records, the groundbreaking indie label from Britan, is asking their fans to nominate tracks with the biggest “Warp factor” for a compilation album to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary. The British label will also be celebrating with a series of special gigs, previously unreleased archive material and other stuff of the years gone past.

By logging into the website, fans can vote for their favourite Warp tracks – everyone from Boards of Canada to Squarepusher to Aphex Twin to Grizzly Bear to Impossible City mainstay Prefuse 73. On May the 8thvoting will be closed and the 10 fan favorites along with 10 picks from the Warp co-founder Steve Beckett will be combined for the comp. Users’ comments, memories and messages will be included and printed as part of the album art. Though the voting is currently dominated by the well endowed(and above pictured) Aphex Twin, Warp’s catalogue is far more diverse, including the the heavy basslines of LFO, the wonderful musical landscapes of France’s own Tortoise, and the simple pop structures and reach-out melodies of Broadcast. In addition to the Warp 20 compilation, the label has also announced a box set of “previously unreleased archive material” by some of their best-known artists. They will also launch a series of special gigs, in Paris (May), New York (July), Sheffield (August), London (September), and Tokyo (November). Only the Paris concert has been detailed so far. Warp will celebrate at the Cité de la Musique with a two-night residency of live music, DJs, film, video and installation art. Among the artists performing on May 8th and 9th are Aphex Twin and Hecker, !!!, Flying Lotus, Andrew Weatherall and Seafeel. Tickets are on sale now.

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