Mille Plateaux: VA - Clicks + Cuts (2000)
The first in this seminal, eventually gratuitous, series of experimental and forward thinking techno/laptoppery. Coming back to this release, 6 years later - the music is (generally) more mature than I may have thought back in 2000, crisp and reductive without any excess or exagerration. Things are more raw on these discs, and doesn't have the clubbier/poppier moments of the 2nd and 3rd sets, and also lacks the extremes mapped by the 2nd sets 3 discs. That said, artsy laptoppery and minimal techno's rapid and rhizomatic (sorry for the argot, but the metaphor is actually appropriate) growth in the last 10 year got a huge kick in the pants from the innovations by the artists included in these discs, in a time before heavy DSP double-tap soloing was possible, before Live made things so much smoother.
needless to say, these compilations included some real highbrow liner notes, which I feel have lost some their relevance.