Leila ~ Vordhosbn

8 10 2009

warplast week marked the release of the long-anticipated Warp 20 box set and it is a colossus. Celebrating the groundbreaking label’s 20 years strong, it contains 2 CDs of crowdsourced best-of Warp singles, 2 CDs of Warp artists covering a favourite from the Warp catalogue, 3 10″ records of tracks previously unreleased on Warp, 1 CD of continuous mix (a la Blech or the more recent Listen Play Repeat) and 2 10″ records of 5 second loops for the heads to freak on.

admittedly i am just the kind of Reasonable People that this kind of thing is marketed to (i cast votes for the Chosen set) and which finds joy in every bit of it – even the stuff that is really inaccessible, as the releases sometimes has been. but even if you are not in this particular class there is some remarkable music here across so many genres it blows the mind.

case in point: this cover of one of the most powerful tracks from the 2001 Aphex Twin glitch masterwork, Drukqs, a double album which from cover to cover to cover is anthemic to a certain time in my life. my feeling upon hearing (many times repeated now) this version by Warp artist Leila is that of having come full circle: ironically enough it was on the previously mentioned Drukqs that i began to recognize the pure and simple beauty of the piano, so it seems all too fitting to hear Vordhosbn as Leila offers it on Recreated.

DOWNLOAD Leila ~ Vordhosbn

VISIT warprecords.net/records/leila/ and myspace.com/leilaarab

BUY tracks at bleep.com and get details on the box set as a whole at Warp.


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