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Artist
Broadcast
ReleaseProduct
Microtronics - Volumes 1 & 2
Label
Warp
Catalogue Number
WARP335
Release Date
March 18, 2022

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Microtronics Volumes 1 & 2’s initial availability alone makes it some of the group’s most curious releases, released first as tour-only 3” CDs in 2003 and 2005 before being offered exclusively via mail order. True to its name, Microtronics offers miniatures of Broadcast’s experimental spirit, the majority of the 21 tracks coming in under 2 minutes.

Thankfully, its brief runtime doesn’t restrict any of the group’s sprawling ambition. If anything, those hoping for a consistent through-line from track to track or some semblance of a particular Broadcast era might want to tread carefully with this one. ‘Microtronics 1’ opens the set with jazz percussion underpinning skittering synths before making a hard pivot into a distorted, driving beat on ‘2’. From there, Microtronics is a frenetic free-for-all of creative ideas, building instrumental sketches of the group’s signature psychedelic pop before dissolving them in brief baths of unsettling noise, ambient passages, glitchy beatwork or free jazz-adjacent explorations depending on where the groups exuberant minds drift to next.

Microtronics Volumes 1 & 2 drifts furthest from anything sounding like the band’s other work, ultimately makes for a fascinating addition to any completist collection. Capturing the band between two of their most beloved records, Microtronics fashions a scattershot bridge between the band’s final releases out of lighthearted sonic exercises and inspired glimpses into the creative minds of Broadcast.

Remastered from the original tapes at Calyx in Berlin

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Microtronics 01 1:24 Buy
  2. 2 Microtronics 02 1:33 Buy
  3. 3 Microtronics 03 1:44 Buy
  4. 4 Microtronics 04 1:05 Buy
  5. 5 Microtronics 05 1:48 Buy
  6. 6 Microtronics 06 1:52 Buy
  7. 7 Microtronics 07 2:01 Buy
  8. 8 Microtronics 08 1:53 Buy
  9. 9 Microtronics 09 2:11 Buy
  10. 10 Microtronics 10 1:19 Buy
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Vinyl Track List

A1 Microtronics 01
A2 Microtronics 02
A3 Microtronics 03
A4 Microtronics 04
A5 Microtronics 05
A6 Microtronics 06
A7 Microtronics 07
A8 Microtronics 08
A9 Microtronics 09
A10 Microtronics 10
A11 Microtronics 11

B1 Microtronics 12
B2 Microtronics 13
B3 Microtronics 14
B4 Microtronics 15
B5 Microtronics 16
B6 Microtronics 17
B7 Microtronics 18
B8 Microtronics 19
B9 Microtronics 20
B10 Microtronics 21

CD Track List

01 Microtronics 01
02 Microtronics 02
03 Microtronics 03
04 Microtronics 04
05 Microtronics 05
06 Microtronics 06
07 Microtronics 07
08 Microtronics 08
09 Microtronics 09
10 Microtronics 10
11 Microtronics 11
12 Microtronics 12
13 Microtronics 13
14 Microtronics 14
15 Microtronics 15
16 Microtronics 16
17 Microtronics 17
18 Microtronics 18
19 Microtronics 19
20 Microtronics 20
21 Microtronics 21

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