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Amorphous Choices: Mira Calix' Favourite Music
Jude Rogers , May 8th, 2019 12:42

Jude Rogers quizzes sound sculptor Mira Calix about her favourite albums, from MBV to Britten, Stravinsky to Laura Cannell, and PJ Harvey to the bountiful joys of the Warp back catalogue


Various Artists – Blech II: Blechsdöttir
This is the ultimate cop-out! I picked this to cover so many Warp artists that mean a lot to me, but it still misses out a few, like Boards of Canada, and I'm really sorry about that. But it does have LFO, Squarepusher, Aphex, Autechre, all these artists who mean so much to me. I helped put this and the first Warp compilation, Blech, together, so that means a lot too, and it was mixed by DJ Food, my old flatmate. We had a laugh, we really did. And it makes me laugh now that I put the proposition of a retrospective compilation to Warp back in 1996 – we'd only been going since 1989! And I had an idea of doing them as DJ mixes, so it was a bit of a pet project. The compilation's called Blechsdottir as a reference to Björk, of course – this was the daughter of Blech, after all, and electronic music was so exciting back then, and just everywhere. I was a clubber and a DJ, usually DJing in the second room of a club, the experimental room. I gobbled up music then. I loved Detroit techno, then went through an electro phase, and listened to a shitload of hiphop – I can't believe there's none of that on my list either. I went to ambient back then parties too, which is how I met Aphex. His inventiveness, I just loved it, and the whole outward-looking spirit behind the label was so energising. Let this compilation stand for all of that!