I was listening to the excellend iThinkX podcast this weekend – iThinkX is a themed music podcast and this week's theme was Protest! Along with great tracks from Leadbelly and Nina Simone, the was a song by Autechre, from an EP that was released in 1994 in protest of the Criminal Justice Bill, which was basically a law that allowed for the police to break up raves which the government at the time saw as a threat to the fabric of society, or something.
The music was amazing – I immediately understood and loved it and wondered why I'd not heard it before.
Quite simply, in my teens – when this record was released – you either listened to Nirvana/Rage Against The Machine OR you listened to house/techno and other electronica. You did not, by any means, mix the two. There was a real and demonstrated animosity between the two tribes – and lines had been drawn that you were loath to cross.
Despite the arbitrary nature of the division, it was one I adhered to. But looking back now, what music like Autechre (including most of Warp's catalogue!) did I willfully ignore? How much great music did I deny myself while listening to "Bleach" 100 times?
So – I suppose that's my question. Anyone wanna give me a place to start for 90s electronica? I got some catching up to do…