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Plaid

Plaid is a London-based British electronic music duo comprising Andy Turner and Ed Handley whose sound is characterized by many reviewers as post-techno. They were founding members of The Black Dog and used many other names, such as Atypic (Andy Turner) and Balil (Ed Handley), before settling on Plaid. They have collaborated with female singers Mara Carlyle,Nicolette and Björk, and have released records on the labels Clear, Peacefrog, Black Dog Productions, and Warp Records (along with Trent Reznor's label Nothing Records). Aside from their own material, Plaid have done extensive remix work for many other artists, including Red Snapper, Björk, Goldfrapp, and The Irresistible Force. Parts in the Post (2003) contains just a handful of Plaid's remix work to date. Plaid collaborated with video artist Bob Jaroc for their live performances and on the 5.1 audio/visual project entitled Greedy Baby. The project was completed on 20 July 2005, and was first shown at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the South Bank Centre, and subsequently at the BFI Imax cinema in Waterloo, London. Greedy Baby was released on DVD from Warp Records on 26 June 2006. In 2006, Plaid composed and performed the original score to Michael Arias' anime film Tekkonkinkreet, and then went on to rejoin Arias for his second feature, Heaven's Door, as well as two of his subsequent short films. In 2009 they contributed a cover of a Plone song to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation. Critical reception: Plaid has not gained a mainstream following. Their music, however, has not failed to garner positive reviews, on average. While IDM, and techno in general, have experienced a fair amount of popularity at times, Plaid has worked largely within the confines of the low mainstream appeal of their style of music. While Aphex Twin and Plaid have at different times in their careers worked for the same record label, Warp Records, Aphex Twin has by far remained the most popular of the two.

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