Top 10 Warp Records Releases

Our toast to 25 years of game-changing records.


    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

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    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.

    09. Gonjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer

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    Warp dabbles in hip-hop now and then, but for the most part, it was left to their sister label, Lex Records. Warp and Lex have since parted ways, so it only makes sense that they take on the role that Lex left behind. Gonjasufi is a little more out there than a lot of the material Lex has put out, but it’s all the better for it. The mostly Gaslamp Killer-produced debut, A Sufi and a Killer, drifts woozily from one track to the next, proving that Warp are just as ready to take a gamble as ever.

    08. Aphex Twin – Drukqs

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    Drukqs is kind of a mess. There’s barely any thread tying the songs together, and it sits at an unwieldy 100 minutes long. One half of the record relies upon Aphex Twin’s signature intense style, whereas the other half focuses on solemn piano music and not much else. It’s ugly as hell one moment and absolutely gorgeous the next. It’s far and away Aphex Twin’s most challenging record, but it may ultimately be his most rewarding, too.

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