How two people who started making music as a reaction to their love of Todd Terry, Mantronik, Brian Eno and Kraftwerk ended up becoming the monster that is Autechre may seem bewildering. But listen and its all there, the inhuman machine funk of futuremusic, albeit often taken to an unsettling degree by this most ground-breaking of duos.
Inescapably tagged 'experimental electronic', Autechre use the nuts and bolts of modern R n' B, House, funk, whatever, but put them back together as would their laptops in a state of bedevilled fury. Or psychosis. Or misanthropy.
And while the results can often be terrifying, oppressive, paranoia-inducing, they can also be irresistible, driven, awe-inspiring, beautiful.
Of course the kind of esteem in which Booth and Brown held their aforementioned influences (Terry, Mantronik etc) is now rightly conferred on themselves by their own audience. Over a decade and eight albums later, Autechre are at the top of the futuresonic tree, their new album untilted showing no let up in their quest for the ultimate mutant funk dysfunction.
Autechre could sell out a venue ten times the size of MS Stubnitz in Newcastle, so if you're going to come and see them at version, you really are going to be spoilt. There is no escape from the sound of Autechre live. Utter mental and physical envelopment is the only possible state. And they turn off the lights just to up the intensity...