Warp is one of those independent record labels. Since its inception in 1989, the prestigious Sheffield-born, London-based label has put out releases ranging from Brian Eno all the way to Flying Lotus. With roots in genre-defining electronic music, their expansion over their 25-year existence has been intensely interesting.
The people at the helm of Warp know good music, whether it be experimental or weirdo pop. Modern classics and old favourites, they’ve got it all. Very few labels are putting out as much consistently inventive music as Warp. So, to celebrate 25 years of the legendary label, here are the Top 10 Warp Records releases.
10. Battles – Mirrored
Battles aren’t the most immediate choice for a Warp signing, but it makes sense. Their bouncy songs make the most of simple melodies, with a bright sense of whimsy that challenges genre norms. It’s hard to tell if the sounds are digital or organic, math rock or IDM, pop or challenging; there’s no telling where it’ll go next at any point. Mirrored is uncondensed, crazy, and captivating throughout every moment.