Best 90s electronic music duo

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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 past 2 or 3 times that I've dug out an Autechre album just to check that I still hate Autechre, I've ended up thinking "hey, this isn't so bad, actually." And today when I did it, I was all "hey, this actually sounds pretty cool."

At what point do I have the "Celine Dion on Pandora" moment where I have to admit "actually, OMG I think I like Autechre?"

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 12:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

daft punk still retain some cred.

global communication are prob the best here, tho why/how they are listed alongside a few of the novelty acts here is beyond me.

I'm going to allow this! (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 12:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

I still don't get Autechre, but I've not tried to get tham again in at least 7 years, so...

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 12:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

tho why/how they are listed alongside a few of the novelty acts here is beyond me

a duo, the same two from beginning to end, both knob-twiddlers, in the 90s. not sure who is really 'novelty' here except for the lol crystal method, who may have been big in the states at the time idk.

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

All I know Crystal Method from is "Trip Like I Do" and that ridiculous Spawn soundtrack, I don't think they were very big in Europe... They were like a second-rate US version of the Chem Bros, right?

Air has always seemed like a novelty act to me, but I guess most of you would disagree. Also, it's weird seeing them and Basement Jaxx listed as 90s acts, since most of their major works came out in the 00s.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

my take:

Air: they built their career on a mountain of bullshit, then released one stellar album (Talkie Walkie)
Autechre: I never really cared about these guys
B12: see Autechre
Basement Jaxx: one of my absolute favorite acts up until Scars
Boards of Canada: Music Has A Right To Children is amazing but I feel like they are a direct influence on The Weeknd
The Chemical Brothers: one dip of quality surrounded by some of the greatest dance music ever
The Crystal Method: okay lol, seriously? I mean, I love "Keep Hope Alive" as much as the next person but come on
Daft Punk: ultimately, they never topped Homework
The Future Sound of London: I admire these guys more than I actually like them, if that makes sense; "Paupau New Guinea" is all-time tho
Global Communication: see Autechre and B12
The Grid: okay now you're just fucking with us
Leftfield: OVERRATED BULLSHIT
Matmos: I am embarrassingly unfamiliar with their music
Orbital: hands down, one of the greatest musical acts of the past 25 years
Plaid: see Autechre, B12, Global Communication
Röyksopp: they're pleasant enough but ultimately... eh
Two Lone Swordsmen: I know them by name rather than by music

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

okay now you're just fucking with us

yeah but you never know when someone's gonna go "i can't believe you left [act you've barely heard anything by] off this poll, they changed my life!"

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought you would like The Grid, Dan!

Tuomas, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

How can you not love this?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Crystal Method in their prime was a total budget Chems ripoff but everyone who loves the Chems' big beat period should listen to CM's "Keep Hope Alive" at least once:

"Busy Child" is pretty bad-ass too; actually their first album would have made an amazing EP

xp: I don't dislike The Grid but compared to EVERYONE else on this list, including groups I dislike/hate like Air and Leftfield, they are non-entities

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

(also everyone knows that The Grid was all about "Swamp Thing")

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Autechre has the most interesting catalog of the whole list, BoC is the most accessible (for good reason), Plaid is skewwy for me: I get no real vibe from them, as they seem largely part of the movement rather than innovators themselves. They just can't seem to decide whether to be melodic like BoC or as boundary pushing as Autechre, so a lot of their songs always seem to start off with that jittering, goose-stepping IDM kinda thing before transitioning into melody. They're very stiff in concert, with even head nods minimal at best.

Death In Vegas also bears notable mention, ignoring their reggae remixes and Oasis collabs. "Rekkit" & "Girls" are masterpieces.

kelpolaris, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh come on, Air never did anything as trippy as this:

Tuomas, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Grid never did anything as beautiful as this:

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

(also everyone knows that The Grid was all about "Swamp Thing")

They'd already released two albums before Swamp Thing; I genuinely think you might enjoy some of the stuff on those albums, knowing your taste.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

lots of good choices here but if I were to rank the best three albums any of these guys have made both In Sides and Snivilisation would be on it so I guess you know where I'm voting

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

though I would have voted Denki Groove if they were on the poll!! they've got the other one in the top three

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

B12 were about 1,000,000,000,000 times better than Autechre

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

seems unlikely but i will check them out when i figure out how to stop youtube giving me 100 videos about vitamin b12 supplements.

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

It is sort of funny how "out there" we all thought BoC and Autechre were, and you listen to it now and it sounds really basic (which is no bad thing in itself)

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kelpolaris if you think BoC are "more accessible" than Orbital, then you mad doggy.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

wait, who thought BoC was "out there"? their entire steeze was immaculately crafted nostalgia bombs tied to awesome beats

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Come on, nobody in Air ever made an Acid House album with Genesis P Orridge before either of them had ever heard any real Acid House, based solely on second hand descriptions thereof. How cool is that?

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I never thought BoC were out there - like I said above, their sound felt pretty basic IDM to me when MHtRC came out, which is why I never understood what all the fuss was about. As for Autechre, they proved being "out there" wasn't necessarily a good thing; I still find their more abstract 90s stuff terribly dull.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

(x-post to Tracer)

Tuomas, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's still out there. there's one BoC track that pretty much uniformly freaks everyone out - "The Color of the Fire" I think it is.

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

wait, that track freaks people out???????? that track is warm and inviting!

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

reading other people's reactions to Boards of Canada comes across to me like meeting a room full of people talking about how terrifying and sinister they find "Babe"

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

The one with the creepy girl going "I... looooove... you" with the sinister warbly synth bass?

tanuki, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

Best creepy electronic music duo of the 90s = Coil

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

The one with the creepy girl going "I... looooove... you" with the sinister warbly synth bass?

I honestly do not think that child sounds creepy, nor does the bass sound sinister. The whole thing reads to me like an enormous warm blanket of sound.

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

no that's definitely the point where most people are like "okay, you should put something else on now"

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, BoC definitely have creepy vibes, though they're most prevalent on Geogaddi.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

little louie vega and kenny dope gonzales

the late great, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

^

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

also, i should learn not to say "we" when i mean "me"

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink


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