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Exai by Autechre
Released: Mar 2013
Label: Warp Records
Autechre's music has never been something you listen to so much as something you crawl inside -- a labyrinth of code and circuitry rendered in glowing, pulsing 4D. Exai is no different, and at two hours long, it's easy to get lost inside. But there's a newfound sensuality to the duo's music here, as warmer, more organic tones bubble to the fore and fog up the hard, digital surfaces. Their programming can be as bewildering as ever, but it's grounded in the intuitive, body-moving rhythms of hip-hop and techno, helping to make Exai one of their most pleasurable albums in years.
Philip Sherburne
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