Autechre Untilted

Autechre Untilted
There is something unsettling and disturbing about the erratic heart-palpitating beats of Untilted that makes it too intriguing to just ignore. It’s hard to believe that once upon a time the music by this British duo of Sean Booth and Rob Brown was referred to as "intelligent dance music.” These lads have come a long way since their beginnings over a decade ago with the more accessible Incunabula. Untilted is about laying down their ideas quicker than before. And it’s no wonder that tracks like "Ipacial Section” have an A.D.D. panic stricken intensity about it. An empty warehouse with nothing but the sounds of a thunderous heavy bass is what keeps this 10-minute assault of bullet firing clickity jangles together. A more tumultuous sonic take on the world’s evils may be witnessed on "Pro Radil.” The army has assumed their role and invaded the territory, calculating and destructive. Meanwhile, the plotting, the detonation, and the retreat are offset by little spurts of ominous electro reminiscent of Detroit’s Underground Resistance. Autechre’s eighth full-length album release, however, isn’t all apocalyptic. In fact, there are tracks such as "Iera” that pays its dues to ambient electronics tinged with a schizophrenic twist, and "Sublimit” that is space funk good enough for R2D2 to get jiggy. (Warp)