Album: Autechre, Quaristice (Warp)

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The stage in their 20-year career during which Warp's beloved Mancunian musical obscurantists bothered with such pleasantries as a tune has long since past. But their ninth album is their easiest on the ear for about a decade. Spacious ambient vistas are a reward for surmounting the more challenging sonic obstacles, and there are recognisable samples and even funky 4/4 beats bubbling amid the polyrhythms. It's a little too restlessly inventive for its own good – 20 very different tracks in 70 minutes – but a singularly involving and rewarding listening experience.

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