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The Warp record label is 30. Joe Muggs looks over its legacy – and how it's remained relevant. We are celebrating 30 years of Warp records with four custom Mixmag front covers featuring Aphex Twin, Kelela, Flying Lotus and Yve Tumor.
Warp occupies a truly unique position in the electronic music world. Founded in Sheffield in 1989 as an offshoot of the FON (‘Fuck Off Nazis’) studio and record shop, it revolutionised music several times in quick succession. First it was the lynchpin of ‘bleep and bass’, cementing a uniquely UK techno sound and introducing the sub-bass that would underpin hardcore, jungle and everything after that. With LFO and Nightmares On Wax, it provided the model for dance music artists building careers around albums, too. Then, with its Artificial Intelligence LP series, it effectively launched electronica as a home listening genre, kicking off decades-long relationships with Aphex Twin, Autechre, Plaid and more into the bargain. And all that was within just its first five years.
Established 1983, Mixmag is your guide to global electronic music and club culture. Every month you'll find the most exciting artists, producers and DJs, reports and features from festivals and club scenes around the world, and of course reviews of the latest tracks and albums from across the electronic music spectrum.
Tech - Showing off the latest studio essentials, and inviting producers to walk us through their creative process
DJ History - In every issue we explore the rich heritage of over three decades of global dance music and club culture
Industry Insider - A focus on the dance music industry with insight from the key players and the most important statistics and trends