AOTY 2018
Autechre - Exai
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2013 Ratings: #88 / 953
User Score
Based on 41 ratings
2013 Ratings: #217
February 7, 2013 / Release Date
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Warp / Label
Electronic / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405

This album is truly epic, both in length and scope, best experienced as a whole. It's also a great place to start for any who may have been intimidate by Autechre in the past. 

90
musicOMH

Autechre have always been at the forefront of electronic music and Exai reinforces this, offering an invigorating, thrillingly cerebral ride in the process.

90
PopMatters

Unlike their earlier work Exai is not a stylistic paradigm shift, feeling at once familiar, contemporary and futuristic, and allowing their sound to shift and expand on foundations built twenty years prior.

84
Beats Per Minute

Autechre have never been minimalists, and they prove that here with such confidence that the industrial death it posits becomes an inevitability

80
The Needle Drop

Autechre may be coming from the same cold, analytical place they usually do, but Exai shows that their skills for crafting sound are stronger than ever.

70
FACT Magazine

Exai is best read as a proficient folding-together of the last 15 years of Autechre, and its best moments are exceptional

70
Drowned in Sound

This latest version of Autechre’s vision offers a glistening set of intergalactic transmissions that are unreplicatable and evocative.

59
Pitchfork

Some of its songs deserve to be cut into halves, while others should have been chopped wholesale. 

rika_
90
EDIT: decided to come back to exai since it was basically the transitioning point to the sound of elseq (my favorite autechre project), and yeah. it's amazing. exai provides an incredibly diverse range of sounds that can be creepy, funky, noisy, etc, but no matter what, it always sounds great. as i mentioned in my first impression, almost every track ends up being even better than the last, as if the album is learning how to perfect its own formula as it goes along. despite having so many cold ... read more
NR
The album that keeps unfolding. An amazing piece of art.
Panda
NR
total confusing. Too random for being declared as innovative - overrated
90
Enthralling and filled to the utter brim with layers that will both sound familiar and alien to a listener.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#11/The Needle Drop
#12/Bleep
#13/The Wire
#46/FACT Magazine

Track List

  1. FLeure
  2. irlite (get 0)
  3. prac-f
  4. jatevee C
  5. T ess xi
  6. vekoS
  7. Flep
  8. tuinorizn
  9. bladelores
  10. 1 1 is
  11. nodezsh
  12. runrepik
  13. spl9
  14. cloudline
  15. deco Loc
  16. recks on
  17. YJY UX
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Added on: February 7, 2013