Sheffield’s Warp label has been associated with cutting-edge visuals as well as its electronic music — a reputation no doubt based on the strength of its packaging, as well some of its more striking videos, notably by the lauded director Chris Cunningham. His best work for Warp stands out on this DVD of the label’s promo videos, and includes such scary characters as the dancing hermaphrodite Aphex Twin in “Windowlicker” and a rampaging girl karate-kicking her way through Squarepusher’s “Come on my Selector.”
Few other efforts meet this high standard, however, so WarpVision is best taken as an audio-visual record of the label’s output to date rather than a collection of groundbreaking video work. Those interested in Warp’s early years, when it helped give a platform to the then-emerging U.K. rave scene in the early 1990s, would do well to check out the videos for LFO, Nightmares on Wax and Sweet Exorcist, which are primitive by today’s standards but still fun.
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