From the slanted ambient experiments of Boards of Canada to the chopped-up electro compositions of Squarepusher and Autechre, Sheffield-founded Warp Records have had their finger firmly on the pulse of envelope-pushing, genre-defying music since 1989.
To celebrate their successes as one of the most revered record labels in the world, Warp released a twentieth anniversary box set earlier this year. Warp 20 is a huge, thoughtfully compiled, lovingly finished box set containing five CDs and five 10” vinyls of fan choices, unreleased tracks and old favourites.
The charcoal Buckram encrusted paper slipcase is a treasure chest of must-have Warp memorabilia, including a comprehensive 192-page book cataloguing the complete record artwork and a double CD of cover songs by the artists.
The double CD ‘Best-of’ compilation is another treat. One, a fan-voted ‘definitive’ 10-song compilation, was born from a web-based survey started in April. The other, selected by co-founder Steve Beckett, offers a glimpse into the variety on offer from Warp.
Best of all, the CD comes with a poster pull-out containing some of the offbeat and often hilarious comments, observations and testaments of fans who cast their nominations on Warp.net.
Warp20 is a perfect introduction into the label’s repertoire as well as a Warp collector’s dream stocking filler (if you can fit it in..) this Christmas.
To order Warp 2o, click here. Jack Mills