Warp Records presents 'WXAXRXP Sessions' out Nov 15th
18 September 2019
Feat. Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Bibio, Oneohtrix Point Never, Mount Kimbie and more
On the solstice we came together.
On the summer solstice 2019 the extended Warp family came together with online radio station NTS to celebrate the label’s 30th anniversary. With over 100 hours of original music programming, the weekend-long communion featured mixes, documentaries, live performances, film and sessions from the whole Warp roster including Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown, Autechre and Kelela, plus a handful special guests including Death Grips and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of music fans tuned in share in the celebration with the label, artists and each other via chat rooms, forums, social media and IRL playbacks in record shops, cafes and bars around the world.
Now, as the summer draws to a close, Warp continue the radio theme with the announcement of a special set of releases. WXAXRXP Sessions features ten specially selected sessions recorded for radio from across the history of the label, from Peel sessions in the very early days right up to the aforementioned WXAXRXP x NTS weekend. In the age of immediate, unelected, often low-quality rips of anything that is broadcast, these releases present each session in the highest quality, adorned in beautiful packaging designed by Michael Oswell, with photography by Synchrodogs.
Listen to the previously unreleased Boards of Canada track ‘XYZ’
The Sessions include:
Aphex Twin Peel Session 2 (10/04/95) One of only two radio sessions Aphex Twin has ever recorded. This Peel Session comprised of all original material at the time. Presented as a complete session and on vinyl for the first time.
Bibio WXAXRXP Session (21/06/2019) Bibio revisits three tracks from his classic breakthrough album 'Ambivalence Avenue' and one track from 2016's 'A Mineral Love' in a stripped-back acoustic style. This bespoke session was recorded especially for the WXAXRXP x NTS broadcast.
Boards of Canada Peel Session (21/07/98) Boards of Canada’s one and only radio session presented for the first time in its complete form, with the inclusion of the previous broadcast-only track XYZ (Listen now).
Flying Lotus Presents INFINITY “Infinitum” - Maida Vale Session (19/08/10) A classic live session from around the breakthrough Cosmogramma album, featuring a full live band including Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Ravi Coltrane. The session features otherwise unheard track Golden Axe.
Kelly Moran WXAXRXP Session (22/06/2019) A bespoke session recorded for WXAXRXP, the only session which is previously un-broadcast.
LFO Peel Session (20/10/90) Much sought after Peel Session recorded shortly after LFO had released their first single on Warp and featuring otherwise unheard tracks.
Mount Kimbie WXAXRXP Session (21/06/2019) The expanded live line-up of Mount Kimbie demonstrating how their material has evolved on the road in this bespoke session first broadcast as part of the WXAXRXP x NTS takeover. Features a guest appearance from Mica Levi.
Oneohtrix Point Never KCRW Session (23/10/18) OPN’s Myriad Ensemble show their capabilities in re-interpreting studio material in these 4 tracks picked from a KCRW session recorded. Features ADR, Kelly Moran and Eli Keszler.
Plaid Peel Session 2 (08/05/99) One of several Peel Sessions recorded by Plaid. This one from their Rest Proof Clockwork album era features all unique material including live favourite Elide.
Seefeel Peel Session (27/05/94) A live band session from their Succour album period, including Rough For Radio and Phazemaze which never appeared on any other release.
The sessions will be available as individual vinyl and digital releases through all good record stores and as a bespoke box set via Bleep.com from November 15th 2019.
About Warp Records: Incubated in the charged artistic atmosphere of outlaw UK dance music in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, Warp quickly became synonymous with deeply adventurous experiments in sound, which also happened to capture the imagination of a wide and inspired audience. This idea of enabling idiosyncratic work to find an audience beyond the underground has come to define the label throughout its evolution into an electronic music cornerstone and eventually into the institution of visionary post-genre music that it is today.
From longtime collaborators to urgent new voices, Warp has been a consistent home for misfit artists and their distinctive visions, with a roster that has forever defied categorization.
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