Plaid are an English electronic music duo composed of Andy Turner and Ed Handley. They were founding members of 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 (along with Trent Reznor's label Nothing Records).
Plaid is generally described as IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) and has been referred to by some critics as "post-techno." They are known to employ a variety of time-signatures in their music and often create syncopated beats and melodies using a variety of real instruments and samples.
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Links to Peel
Peel had already played the work of Andy Turner and Ed Handley with Sheffield session artists Black Dog, so it was no surprise that he also supported their spin-off project, Plaid, who again found a home at Warp Records.
In June 1998, Plaid were one of the four outfits who performed in a Warp label live special for the opening night of the Meltdown festival curated by Peel, alongside Autechre, Broadcast and Plone. The Independent newspaper reviewed the band's performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the following terms:
- ”The evening finished on an upbeat note with Plaid (stage lights, slide show, vocals and guitar): music crammed with squeaks, scratches, beats, trills, intricate rhythms and crashing metal.”
Plaid also recorded three sessions for Peel. After his death, the first of these was chosen by those who knew him best in a list of Peel Sessions: The Best 125.
Festive Fifty Entries
Three sessions. #1 available on Peel Session 12" EP/CD, 1999 (Warp). Some tracks were renamed for the release from original session titles used by Ken Garner in The Peel Sessions. Both Turner and Handley also appeared on the first Black Dog in early 1995.
1. Recorded 1998-12-09. First broadcast 08 January 1998. Repeated 12 March 1998.
- Scoops In Columbia / Seph / BoBootch / OL
2. Recorded in their own studio at a date unknown. First broadcast 05 August 1999.
- Cedar City Beatless / Barbega / Even Spring (Live) /Awotm
3. Recorded 2003-10-01. No known commercial release. First broadcast 16 October 2003.
- Elidi / Kite Rider / Housewerk /Lazy Beams
- Scoops In Columbia
- Bennet 4 Track
- Ed Funk
- Pino Porno
Other Shows Played
- 30 April 1993: Object Orient (compilation album - Black Dog Productions - Bytes Bronze limited edition) Warp (JP - 'Bronze vinyl, indeed....')
- 15 September 1995: Kiss Me Off (Album split with Mind Over Rhythm - Mind Over Rhythm Meets The Men From Plaid On The Planet Luv) Rumble
- 25 July 1997 (BFBS): 'Headspin (12"-Undoneson)' (Warp)
- 12 August 1997: Undoneson (CD Single) Warp
- 28 August 1997: Myopia (album - Not For Threes) Warp WARP LP 54
- 04 September 1997: Radio Prague (album - Not For Threes) Warp
- 16 September 1997: Ladyburst (album - Not For Threes) Warp
- 18 September 1997: Myopia (album - Not For Threes) Warp
- 08 October 1997: Headspin (album - Not For Threes) Warp
- 02 June 1998: Ilasas (v/a album - We Are Reasonable People) Warp
- 18 March 1999: Scoobs (EP - Peel Sessions) Warp
- 11 May 1999: Little People (LP - Rest Proof Clockwork) Warp
- 10 June 1999: Little People (LP – Rest Proof Clockwork) Warp
- 17 June 1999 (Radio Eins): Buddy (CD - Rest Proof Clockwork) Warp
- 06 July 1999: Dang Spots (CD - Rest Proof Clockwork) Warp
- 14 July 1999: Last Remembered Thing (CD - Rest Proof Clockwork) Warp
- 06 April 2000: Stimul (12 inch - Booc) Warp (played at 33rpm instead of 45)
- 18 April 2000: Booc (EP - Booc) Warp
- 27 April 2000: Stimul (12" - Booc) Warp
- 09 May 2000: Tophapy (12” EP - Booc) War
- 13 June 2000: Fly Wings (v/a LP - Trainer) Warp
- 20 July 2000: Perplex (LP - Trainer) Warp
- 03 April 2001: Squance (Warp)
- 04 April 2001: Assault On Precinct Zero (Warp)
- 22 April 2001 (BBC World Service): Assault On Precinct Zero (album - Double Figure) Warp
- 25 April 2001: Silversum (CD-Double Figure) Warp
- 01 May 2001: Ooh Be Do (CD - Double Figure) Warp
- 17 May 2001: Light Rain (LP - Double Figure) Warp
- 24 May 2001: Zala (CD - Double Figure) Warp
- 21 June 2001: Eyen (Double Figure) Warp (one of Plaid's dads apparently lives in JP's village)
- 02 October 2001: Squance (LP - Double Figure) Warp
- 18 October 2001 (Radio Eins): Squance (LP - Double Figure) Warp
- 11 April 2002: Coat (EP – P-Brane) Warp
- 24 April 2002: Diddymousedid (EP – P-Braine) Warp
- 23 May 2002: Coat (EP – P-Brane) Warp
- 08 October 2002: Mfaus (EP-P-Brane) Warp
- 03 October 2002: Boat (12"-P-brane EP) Warp
- December 2002 (FSK): Coat (CD - P-brane EP) Warp