Best 90s electronic music duo

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Hastily formed semi-arbitrary list of mostly big-hitters

Poll Results

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Autechre 29
Daft Punk 27
Boards of Canada 22
Orbital 16
Basement Jaxx 10
The Chemical Brothers 9
Matmos 9
Global Communication 8
Leftfield 8
Air 6
Plaid 2
The Future Sound of London 2
Two Lone Swordsmen 2
The Crystal Method 1
B12 1
Röyksopp 1
The Grid 0


God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 14:51 (five years ago) Permalink

lol what about Electronic

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 April 2012 14:53 (five years ago) Permalink

a singer and a guitarist? just concentrating on the hardcore knob twiddlers here.

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 14:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Pretty indifferent about most of these now. Matmos to win for me.

mmmm, Monday, 2 April 2012 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink

telefon tel aviv

40oz of tears (Jordan), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Boards of Canada

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Is this still a thing? I get the - maybe hugely mistaken - impression it's all about solo knob twiddlers & superstar DJs these days. And was it a thing before the 90s?

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

No Basic Channel?

elan, Monday, 2 April 2012 15:10 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah it's probably probably a million acts who didn't make it through the highly selective idm filter i was operating at the time.

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

probably missing

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Air or Autechre for me. Chemical Brothers by far the most popular at my school though so let's give them half a point.

James Bond Jor (seandalai), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:13 (five years ago) Permalink

rene et gaston

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:14 (five years ago) Permalink

are there any other genres of music, or other art forms even, where two people performing pretty much the same function is a thing?

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:21 (five years ago) Permalink

was kind of upset that Underworld wasn't included until I realized they were actually a trio...as is it's a tossup between the Chems and Orbital, but Orbital made the better albums...

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Had anybody heard of Röyksopp in the 90s?

Let's Talk About Socks (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:38 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah they're a bit of a temporal outlier.

Duos (who supposedly share all the work) in other art forms: Gilbert and George, Jake and Dinos Chapman, The Coen brothers. Seems to be the exception rather than the near-norm it was for this particular genre at this particular time.

Oh, The Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Hall & Oates, there must be a million singing duos.

God arrives for the apocalypse, having been traveling at the speed of (ledge), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Air Liquide and Mouse on Mars missing from the list...

Tuomas, Monday, 2 April 2012 15:45 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess I'm gonna vote for 2LS, it's the only of these I really cared about even in the 90s.

Tuomas, Monday, 2 April 2012 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Where is Mouse on Mars band?!

But it's already quite cruel making me choose between Autechre and Orbital.

(xp)

instant coffee happening between us (a passing spacecadet), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

twitch and brainstorm!!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 April 2012 15:47 (five years ago) Permalink

MoM omission - I blame wikipedia.

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

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

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

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

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

autechre

tanuki, Monday, 2 April 2012 16:27 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wraDrKHP0tE

Recent:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WJr3baPOtU

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

write in for Basic Channel

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

Mouse on mars for sure but sadface.jpg

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

voting Plaid in lieu of Basic Channel

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JhbXk-suKo

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

Also worthy of consideration:

Pan Sonic
Porter Ricks
Burger/Ink

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

LEFTFIELD

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

clivilles and cole

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

kruder and dorfmeister?

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

Anyone interested in latter day Black Dog should check out Radio Scarecrow.

Very respectable digital techno for nerds with a dubstep influence ie catnip for me.

pattern loader, Sunday, 8 April 2012 07:40 (five years ago) Permalink

The chem. bros wins for me

power,precision and grace with acid friendly touch.

as a trance hater rock guy in 90's isra(trance)hell ,the chems, along with aphex,
prodigy &meat beat manifesto were my electronica of choise

nakamura, Sunday, 8 April 2012 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 9 April 2012 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

pff

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 9 April 2012 00:22 (five years ago) Permalink

yes

jed_, Monday, 9 April 2012 00:23 (five years ago) Permalink

if this poll was done on ilx ten years ago daft punk takes it over basement jaxx w/ autechre maybe not even getting third over boc right?

balls, Monday, 9 April 2012 00:27 (five years ago) Permalink

i never vote in any of these polls, despite commenting.

I'm going to allow this! (LocalGarda), Monday, 9 April 2012 01:09 (five years ago) Permalink

WOT NO MIKE N RICH but really I couldn't let this stand:

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, April 2, 2012 12:23 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Portishead were 3+ people! (Barrows, Gibbons, and Utley, and maybe MacDonald.)

Où sont le Lord Custos d'antan? (Leee), Monday, 9 April 2012 03:34 (five years ago) Permalink

if this poll was done on ilx ten years ago daft punk takes it over basement jaxx w/ autechre maybe not even getting third over boc right?

Sounds about right. I didn't really see this result coming at all, there are one or two Autechre tracks I've liked but generally I find the early stuff pleasant but not particularly interesting whilst not really able to find a way into anything from Tri Repeatae onwards.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Monday, 9 April 2012 09:47 (five years ago) Permalink

whereas i only deeply love the stuff from LP 5 onwards. the problem with the poll is that Ae are some prog/avant crunchy head music for me - "head" isn't the right word, what i love about the later stuff is its physicality of sound - but comparing them to say anybody making genuine dance music is a category mistake really

red is hungry green is jawless (Noodle Vague), Monday, 9 April 2012 10:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's not an unexpected result, given the commenting. But still. It feels kind of unfair that people went for the head music over the dance music. (Though despite all the cavilling on the thread, it was about "electronic" acts, not about "dance" acts so there you go.)

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 9 April 2012 10:41 (five years ago) Permalink

there is plenty of "dance" music i wd choose over "head" music depending on what day it is but it didn't appear in this poll really

red is hungry green is jawless (Noodle Vague), Monday, 9 April 2012 10:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Well it's a bit stymied by being specifically and only duos.

(And I'm not just saying that because I think Mr Twin would have wiped the floor with Autechre.)

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 9 April 2012 11:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Be an interesting one that - I kinda feel like a lot of aphex records haven't dated so good tho

coal, Monday, 9 April 2012 11:37 (five years ago) Permalink

That's not a poll I would trust myself to make.

Aphex Twin or Autechre pick only one:

o Aphex Twin
o I am stupid and should have rusty nails driven through my eardrums, but I prefer Autechre

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 9 April 2012 13:22 (five years ago) Permalink

perhaps SAWII is timeless but yes, some of his later, more famous records haven't exactly held up

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Monday, 9 April 2012 13:22 (five years ago) Permalink

I rest my case.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 9 April 2012 13:24 (five years ago) Permalink

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

crüt, Monday, 9 April 2012 13:55 (five years ago) Permalink

I still encounter people who still think "they" are two people.

tanuki, Monday, 9 April 2012 14:36 (five years ago) Permalink

I rest my case.

what is your case, exactly?

Estimate the percent chance that a whale has ever been to the moon? (frogbs), Monday, 9 April 2012 14:38 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

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

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

iow drill n' bass was a bad idea

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

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

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

Best 90 electronic music duo: THE FINAL BATTLE

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

re analords, I mean:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2F-GF3Hx7s

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

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

haha who voted for The Crystal Method

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

I guess we won't know

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

lol results

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

onwards and upwards

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

chems really snubbed

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

guys guys

i forgot funkstorung

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


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