Sometimes it feels like the post-party chill-out spliff might just be the best part of the night.
Sure, when it’s a great party, the rave itself is the highlight. But once the idea of going home starts creeping through your achy body, just one, singular, sublime vision carries you through that miserable journey home: a welcome back spliff.
And accompanied by a few close friends, a couple of beers and some introspective post-rave music, the hours between your party and sleep can be some of the most memorable of the whole night—if you have the right selection.
The heyday of post-rave electronica is arguably its beginnings, when UK label Warp Records christened “electronic listening music” with the groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence compilation. Released in 1992, the album’s brilliantly iconic cover features a robot kicking back in an armchair with a fat spliff, surrounded by rolling papers, a can of beer, and albums like Dark Side Of The Moon and Kraftwerk’s Autobahn, clearly enjoying its little party away from the party.
“Electronic listening music,” and later “intelligent techno” and eventually IDM, came as a natural reaction to the collective comedown of the early ‘90s. Years spent in fields and clubs with acid house changed a generation. Tastes evolved, bodies aged, and people yearned for something “smarter” that could still keep the party going but in the comfort of your own home.
So in celebration of everyone’s favourite stoner holiday, we’ve put together a shortlist of the best in early IDM, with classics from Autechre, The Black Dog, and of course, Aphex Twin.
Ease in, light one up, and dip your toes into post-rave paradise...
Artificial Intelligence (Warp Records) - 1992
The Philosophy Of Sound And Machine (Applied Rhythmic Technology) - 1992
The Black Dog - Spanners (Warp Records) - 1995
Autechre - Incunabula (Wax Trax! Records) - 1993
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Apollo) - 1992