Warp Records was born in 1989 with the 500-copy pressing of Forgemasters’ “Track With No Name,” a jukin’ bleep-techno single which, at the time of release, could only be distributed by label heads Rob Mitchell and Steve Beckett in a borrowed car. 30 years later, however, the English record label is synonymous with electronic music that’s as visionary and idiosyncratic as it is innately experimental. Having fostered the successes of acts like Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Brian Eno and Flying Lotus, the label sports an all-star roster whose reverberative impact on the electronic space speaks for itself.
The mainstay imprint celebrates its 30th birthday this year. The commemorative efforts began with a 100+ hour takeover of NTS radio back in June; and next with the forthcoming release of WXAXRXP Sessions, a thick box set that cements 10 rare and iconic radio sessions from Warp’s lineup into the label’s storied history. In addition to the 10 records, the collection also comes with eight unique prints and 10 Warp stickers.
WXAXRXP Sessions is scheduled to be released on November 15. To prepare, Dancing Astronaut drafted a celebratory playlist to delineate some of the most resounding and landscape-altering Warp Records selects. Find both the anticipated contents of the set and our Warp earworm roundup below.
Aphex Twin: Peel Session 2 (10/04/95)
Bibio: WXAXRXP Session (21/06/2019)
Boards of Canada: Peel Session (21/07/98)
Flying Lotus: Presents INFINITY “Infinitum” Maida Vale Session (19/08/10)
Kelly Moran: WXAXRXP Session (22/06/2019)
LFO: Peel Session (20/10/90)
Mount Kimbie: WXAXRXP Session (21/06/2019)
Oneohtrix Point Never: KCRW Session (23/10/18)
Plaid: Peel Session 2 (08/05/99)
Seefeel: Peel Session (27/05/94)