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Autechre: “Perlence Subrange 3” (Quaristice.Quadrange.ep.ae, Warp 2008)

I prefer this track from Autechre in its more blissed out variations on the subsequent EPs that followed their 2007 sprawl, Quaristice. It’s a set of releases, including the album alongside a limited edition bonus disk and this two-and-a-half-hour follow-up “EP,” that I sadly tend to overlook when considering the highlights of Autechre’s varied discography. Like most of their music, however, it rewards with repeated listening, both in the details as well as the larger impression. Their talent and ingenuity continues to wow me.

Bola “Magnasushi” (Fyuti, 2001)

This track from Bola also appeared on the All Tomorrow’s Parties 3.0 double-disc, and it was mis-labeled in my iTunes library as Autechre’s track until I finally realized the mistake last night. (It took me a while to figure out who this was, then — imagine my surprise having had the track lingering in there for a decade.) It summarizes everything great about Bola’s music — timbral, emotive, melancholy, rhythmic, glitchy, and, most of all, gorgeous.

Einstürzende Neubauten: “Merle (Die Elektrik)” (Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T., Some Bizarre 1983)

I bought this album about 10 years after its release, when I was a teenager. I had just begun to learn about industrial music, and, having already gotten into more contemporary acts like Skinny Puppy and Front 242, when I’d heard about Neubauten’s reputation and legacy I knew I had to at least hear it. In some ways it’s the perfect introduction, not quite as harsh as their debut Kollaps but still embodying their entire ethos of their first incarnation. Thirty years later it still sounds brilliant.