Tiny Reminders

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Werde
Much like their Warp labelmates Autechre, Plaid, and Squarepusher, Two Lone Swordmen push the boundaries of techno to make music for the mind as well as the dance floor. Those who discovered the subtle electronic constructions of Two Lone Swordsmen on their Stateside debut, Stay Down, won't be too surprised by the follow-up, Tiny Reminders. Comprised of techno innovators Andrew Weatherall and Keith Tenniswood, Two Lone Swordsmen return with a big bag of tape hiss and record crackles, techno burbles and squeaks, and big, funky electro grooves. But whereas Stay Down was full of majestic, sometimes melancholic, ambient tracks, Tiny Reminders is distinguished by an almost ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Werde
Much like their Warp labelmates Autechre, Plaid, and Squarepusher, Two Lone Swordmen push the boundaries of techno to make music for the mind as well as the dance floor. Those who discovered the subtle electronic constructions of Two Lone Swordsmen on their Stateside debut, Stay Down, won't be too surprised by the follow-up, Tiny Reminders. Comprised of techno innovators Andrew Weatherall and Keith Tenniswood, Two Lone Swordsmen return with a big bag of tape hiss and record crackles, techno burbles and squeaks, and big, funky electro grooves. But whereas Stay Down was full of majestic, sometimes melancholic, ambient tracks, Tiny Reminders is distinguished by an almost omnipresent groove. It's not a big, bouncy house loop, though. For example, on "Rotting Hill Carnival" a shot at the U.K.'s widely attended Notting Hill Carnival, they concoct a sparse melody from what sounds like the dislodged springs of a grandfather clock, a tight snare roll, and a few spongy synth lines before steering the piece into a pretty organ melody. The pair continue in this vein for the rest of the album, deftly fusing unlikely, sometimes harsh sounds into melodic sums that far out-shadow their component parts.
All Music Guide - John Bush
A slight return to experimental electro after the downtempo breakbeat of their EP work during 1999, the second Two Lone Swordsmen full-length for Warp also explores the minimalist side of techno and harks back to the early-'80s synth-funk Andrew Weatherall championed on his Nine O'Clock Drop mix disc for Nuphonic. Except for a few tracks of free-form ambient wallpaper, Tiny Reminders is pretty hard hitting, at least for Two Lone Swordsmen. The beats are less brittle, and though the catalog of crazed effects is still in full force, they're carried along by the forceful drum programming instead of acting on their own. "Neuflex" begins with a skeletal breakbeat rhythm track, a near-classic pattern in electro circles, though the patented 2LS formula soon warps the production with a stunted bassline and precise, high-pitched acid effects. Variations on that same bassline reappear throughout the album, with excellent results. With haunting synth and a swift, precise drum program bedrocking harsh German vocals, "You Are..." will also sound familiar to electro fans, though as usual Weatherall and Tenniswood's extreme care with their productions makes for a fresh look at familiar sound. Tiny Reminders is far too messed-with for most dancefloors, but another intriguing listen from one of techno's best experimentalists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • Label: Warp Records
  • UPC: 801061007720
  • Catalog Number: 77
  • Sales rank: 363,159

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tiny Reminder No. 1 (2:09)
  2. 2 Machine Maid (4:44)
  3. 3 Neuflex (4:01)
  4. 4 Cotton Stains (4:04)
  5. 5 Death to All Culture Snitches (5:01)
  6. 6 Very Futuristic (2:44)
  7. 7 Tiny Reminder No. 2 (1:52)
  8. 8 Brootle (4:35)
  9. 9 You Are... (4:16)
  10. 10 Akwalek (4:36)
  11. 11 Notting Hill Carnival (5:05)
  12. 12 Section (4:33)
  13. 13 Tiny Reminder No. 3 (2:23)
  14. 14 C.T.M. (4:14)
  15. 15 The Bunker (4:45)
  16. 16 Solo Strike (5:03)
  17. 17 Foreververb (4:20)
  18. 18 It's Not the Worst I've Looked... Just the Most I've Cared (3:03)
  19. 19 Constant Reminder (1:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Two Lone Swordsmen Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Two Lone Swordsmen Engineer
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