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  • Over a decade after its inception, Autechre remained at the forefront of electronica. While the English duo's early work (1995's AMBER, for example) boasted a warmer, more organic variation on the forward-thinking work of genre-mates like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, the landmark double-disc TRI REPETAE++ found them exploring colder digital vistas with otherworldly, almost machine-like textures. UNTILTED (2005) bears many of the sonic hallmarks of that album (namely the highly processed, digitized quality of the sound), but there is something new here as well.
  • UNTILTED is more up-tempo than much of Autechre's previous work. There is an escalation of BPMs (beats per minute) that at times seems to approximate house or drum-and-bass, as on "Ipacial Section" and "Augmatic Disport." Yet the best way to listen to Autechre is still on a pair of high-end headphones, not on the dance floor. The compositions skitter and skim along, but with a subdued, ambient air, driven more by glitchy textures and the push-pull dynamics of space and density than by clear-cut beats. Sophisticated, meticulous, and often mesmerizing, UNTILTED maintains the qualities of the duo's best work.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Autechre's music refuses to relax, ensuring them a longer radioactive half-life."

The Wire (p.53) - "[A]ttend closely and tracks like opener 'LCC' reveal through their insistence and integrity their shape and warmth."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[With] great globules of synthetic sound filtered and processed into a litany of strange-yet-compelling landscapes."
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