Although it wasn't due for another month, the digital version of Autechre's new album was released this week.
In an email to their mailing list yesterday evening, Warp Records' online record shop said: "As a surprise to all of the customers who pre-ordered the Autechre Oversteps CD or vinyl album, on Monday we dropped the digital versions of the album into their Bleep account a month earlier than expected."
Each of the 14 tracks comes with its own gorgeous artwork. You can buy it from the Bleep shop by clicking here. You can also stream the album in the player below. The CD will still come out in the week of March 22nd.
The album was supposedly leaked in late January when a set of tracks ran riot throughout the internet. It turned out to be an album by Altered:Carbon and was deliberately leaked by a friend of their record label.
The label Section 27 later told me: "[They] shared the file for one day and it went mental, if just a bit hilarious."
And it was hilarious, but it still left us without the new Autechre album. Then on February 8th, someone with a promo CD linked to the real thing in the comments on my blog post about the Autechre / Altered:Carbon leak.
And the rest is history. So many people ended up owning it, albeit in a lower quality rip, that it seems Warp Records have jumped early.
Happy listening. It's Autechre back to their bleepy best.