Format: 12" Single
Catalogue Number: WAP89
Year of Release: 1997
A Goz Quarter (9:43)
B Latent Quarter (7:37)
From the opening moments of Goz Quarter you know it's going to be great. A sound like a stuck CD followed by a momentous bass noise - chk chk chk chk WOOOWM - a mangled melody comes in, and then one of the funkiest beats Autechre have ever come up with knocks you on to your feet. It's brilliant, relentless fun from beginning to end. And then the scratching! The phrase "Jam like a psycho" is beautifully warped over top of it all. This is the kind of track you play to people who say they don't like electronic music. If they fail to nod, or even crack a smile, you are perfectly entitled to revoke their membership of the human race.
Latent Quarter is another story. The kind of story that keeps you up at night. The beats are still dirty, but grubbier. Unusual noises and effects come in from all angles, and the melody is a long, slow, complicated affair. Towards the end, you're just left with the bass synth and some effected chime-type noise, and it sends a shiver down the spine.
The single seems at first glance to be a massive departure from Why R Are We, but listening through to them both again, I can see that the same ideas are employed. It's just that on the earlier single, there was perhaps an effort to go for a cleaner sound, and that made it less affecting. Roughing it up a bit for this release made all the difference. Highly recommended.