Best 90s electronic music duo

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MoM omission - I blame wikipedia.

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also, didsn't The Orb and KLF consist of two dudes as well?

Tuomas, Monday, 2 April 2012 15:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Orb had a buncha line-up changes, KLF not solely concerned with knob-twiddling.

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

But the thread title says nothing about knob-twiddling, it's misleading!

Tuomas, Monday, 2 April 2012 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sorry I got you here under false pretences.

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

A lot of these would have at least started off using hardware and there are economic and practical reasons why they might have paired up. Nowadays electronic producers tend to go straight to laptops which kind of encourages them to go solo.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

A credible hypothesis!

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

BoC and Plaid are a toss up. The former made better albums, the latter better singles.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Monday, 2 April 2012 16:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

listened back to 'double figure' recently and it has not aged well

40oz of tears (Jordan), Monday, 2 April 2012 16:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

::head explodes::

I have so much love for FSOL and GC but then like, Orbital and the Chemical Brothers were embarrassingly important to me at the time. I just think BoC are too obvious to vote for. Oh my head hurts. I don't think I can make this decision.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 2 April 2012 16:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Many of them I love, but only one do I adore.

Orbital ftw.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 2 April 2012 16:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Had thought either boards of canada or autechre, but global communication have 'The Way' and also that remix of Azymuth, so going to go for them

Keep meaning to give B12 another go but never get round to it....most of the others on the list haven't dated so well or were just plain not good to start with

post, Monday, 2 April 2012 16:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

autechre

tanuki, Monday, 2 April 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

I kind of don't "get" Autechre, which is weird considering the 3 years of my life I spent listening to pretty exclusively IDM

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Monday, 2 April 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've softened on them slightly, but my feelings on Autechre are pretty well documented.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 2 April 2012 16:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I pull out Tri Repeatae every year or so and get really, really bored by about track 4. Though "Eutow" is still incredible. I wonder what I'm missing.

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Monday, 2 April 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

autechre, of course. this poll is basically my winamp playlist as a teenager, but autechre, unlike most of them, remain one of my favorite... duos.

abcfsk, Monday, 2 April 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Frogs, you might like either their earlier, more techno-y stuff or the melodic turn they've taken as of late:

Early:

Recent:

tanuki, Monday, 2 April 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

write in for Basic Channel

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 2 April 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mouse on mars for sure but sadface.jpg

light dipping assholes (jjjusten), Monday, 2 April 2012 17:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sadly lacking Everything But The Girl. Still. FSOL is best, second only in production skills to possibly the duo of Goldie and Rob Playford.

viborg, Monday, 2 April 2012 17:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

voting Plaid in lieu of Basic Channel

elan, Monday, 2 April 2012 18:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

IMO it's hard to beat Bytes by Black Dog Productions aka Plaid

elan, Monday, 2 April 2012 18:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm predicting Daft Punk takes this despite lack of stanning in the thread

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 2 April 2012 18:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also worthy of consideration:

Pan Sonic
Porter Ricks
Burger/Ink

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Monday, 2 April 2012 18:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

LEFTFIELD

Algerian Goalkeeper, Monday, 2 April 2012 18:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is this still a thing? ... And was it a thing before the 90s?

I would say that Cluster and Cabaret Voltaire are two obvious forerunners.

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Monday, 2 April 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

clivilles and cole

the late great, Monday, 2 April 2012 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

kruder and dorfmeister?

Playoff Starts Here (san lazaro), Monday, 2 April 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've softened on them slightly, but my feelings on Autechre are pretty well documented

would be interested to read, where would that be?

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Monday, 2 April 2012 19:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

plaid out of these but mouse on mars easy pick over any of them

ciderpress, Monday, 2 April 2012 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha none of the ones i was expecting to see are in the list, i automatically thought of male/female trip-hop duos like portishead, moloko etc

lex pretend, Monday, 2 April 2012 19:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

of these, b jaxx and it's not even close

lex pretend, Monday, 2 April 2012 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Maybe we can pit the winners of the two polls against each other in an ultimate showdown?

Tuomas, Monday, 2 April 2012 22:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Voted Autechre but Matmos came close.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 2 April 2012 23:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Got to be Global Communication. On-selon mi-mos and The Way (Secret Ingredients mix) are two of my all times of the 90s.

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 2 April 2012 23:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

one of the problems with coming up with answers to this is i have no idea who was a duo and who wasn't, most of the time! 90s dance acts were shadowy, amorphous shapes hunched behind racks of equipment and frankly i wasn't looking at them when i was dancing.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 April 2012 23:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh, this is so Matmos. Glad Mouse on Mars were missed, to be honest, or it would have been a heart-wrenching decision. Boards of Canada come second on this list, but there are a fair few that I like a lot.

emil.y, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 02:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dynamix II (since the studio albums are 90s)

meisenfek, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 05:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah so my pick as you might have guessed is autechre, by a country mile. after that orbital, and i'd prob hand the bronze to tls just for the fifth mission lp. honorable mention to most of the rest, sorry boc you could've been a contender but it was diminishing returns after the beautiful place ep.

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 08:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Even Beautiful Place was 2000 though, wasn't it? I think of BoC as a 00s group, predominantly.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 08:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Would've said Orbital at the time but it's definitely Autechre now.

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 08:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

basement jaxx. ilm didn't exist in time for their debut obvs (and possibly not even for Rooty?) but i still recall the release of Kish Kash being greeted like the second coming on here bitd.

piscesx, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 08:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

xxp i'm kind of amazed to find MHtRtC (quintessential boc lp imo) was as late as '98! i'd somehow retconned them into being contemporary with the other warp usual suspects (i did see them supporting autechre errr '96?, to be fair).

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 08:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I definitely think of B0C as being second-wave Warp.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 08:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

BoC.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 08:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

internet tells me it was prob early '97.

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 08:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I definitely think of B0C as being second-wave Warp.

Yeah, I remember when Music Has the Right to Children came out, I didn't really understand what the hype was about, since they didn't seem to be doing anything that hadn't been done in the previous 5 or so years. That album had exactly one track (the one with the chopped-up vocal bits) that sounded fresh and new to me. I'm still not sure why they became the poster boys for this sound, but whatever.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 11:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

the aphex twins were the best electronic music duo of the 90s

mh, Monday, 9 April 2012 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah its probably actually the later 90s stuff that hasn't help as well

coal, Monday, 9 April 2012 15:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

that was supposed to say "hasn't held up as well"

coal, Monday, 9 April 2012 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

exactly, I do feel as though Autechre will probably hold up better. with Aphex, I'm hearing a lot of really cool or unique ideas that aren't really that much fun to listen to

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Monday, 9 April 2012 16:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm probably in the minority in thinking RDJ's post-2005 acid techno turn is the best stuff he's done

tanuki, Monday, 9 April 2012 16:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd agree with that. I enjoy the analord stuff way more than his 90s stuff, which hasn't really aged that well for me.

silverfish, Monday, 9 April 2012 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

iow drill n' bass was a bad idea

tanuki, Monday, 9 April 2012 17:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

even though he did it 1000x better than anyone else excepting squarepusher, maybe

tanuki, Monday, 9 April 2012 17:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

aphex twin could've stopped after doing both volumes of the selected ambient works and it would be enough to place him over autechre

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 9 April 2012 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Best 90 electronic music duo: THE FINAL BATTLE

Tuomas, Monday, 9 April 2012 17:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

re analords, I mean:

the bit around 2:40 is one of my favorite AFX moments

tanuki, Monday, 9 April 2012 17:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Flim and the Richard D. James Album are still all-time for me.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 9 April 2012 17:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Flim, yes, but RDJ really hasn't held up for me lately

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Monday, 9 April 2012 18:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

We played I at record club a few months ago and I loved it, though the two of us who knew it well agreed that it sounded far less radical than we remembered.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 9 April 2012 18:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't give a monkey's if a record sounds radical, I care if it sounds beautiful, or moving, or if it makes my ears sit up and go boy howdy. All of which RDJ does.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 9 April 2012 18:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

wow @ results, really thought one of the bigger names would take it. also the crystal method got a vote, arf.

ledge, Monday, 9 April 2012 21:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha who voted for The Crystal Method

God, Music and Romeo and Juliet (DJP), Monday, 9 April 2012 21:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess we won't know

mh, Monday, 9 April 2012 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't give a monkey's if a record sounds radical, I care if it sounds beautiful, or moving, or if it makes my ears sit up and go boy howdy. All of which AE does.

dere u go.

Où sont le Lord Custos d'antan? (Leee), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

i didn't vote but if i did it would've been chems

the late great, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol results

Lamp, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 01:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

I pull out Tri Repeatae every year or so and get really, really bored by about track 4. Though "Eutow" is still incredible. I wonder what I'm missing.

― Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Monday, April 2, 2012 11:56 AM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Alright, I decided to crank it in my car and I think I figured it out; where do you go from here?

you can expect punches, kicks and even worse (frogbs), Friday, 13 April 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

onwards and upwards

Touché Gödel (ledge), Friday, 13 April 2012 14:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

envane is a nice lead-in to chiastic slide, if a bit more dancefloor friendly (kinda) than that or tri repetae; if chiastic is too weirdly crunchy then skip on to lp5.

Touché Gödel (ledge), Friday, 13 April 2012 14:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

chems really snubbed

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 13 April 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Right on - will do. I have their first two as well and generally enjoyed them but now I'm starting to realize why they're spoken of so highly here. The music on TR really feels monolithic at points, especially on headphones, but given more space it's incredible just how much there really is to *hear* on it. My problem is that I'd focus more on the abrasion of it, especially up front (still don't like "Stud", by the way). Besides maybe Aphex Twin I haven't really heard anything like this so yes I'll be on my way to checking those out!

you can expect punches, kicks and even worse (frogbs), Friday, 13 April 2012 14:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

guys guys

i forgot funkstorung

Touché Gödel (ledge), Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Funkstörung was a German Autechre whose work was at least half remixes of Wu Tang, Bjork, etc...right?

The Painter of Blight™ (Sanpaku), Thursday, 26 April 2012 17:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, I think they had like two singles/videos that had some minor hype and some interesting packaging design but all their best work was remixy stuff

mh, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nah I rate their (all original) appetite for disctruction album, autechre esque but with a stronger electro vibe, real rapping n everything.

Touché Gödel (ledge), Thursday, 26 April 2012 23:20 (2 years ago) Permalink


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