So, Autechre. Pioneers and supreme deities of techno and, to use that horrible word, IDM. Saying that doesn't do them justice, though. I grew up thinking techno was that vile rave and hardcore dance music, and to hear they are a techno group might have driven me away.
Fans will mostly tell you that you can split the Ae catalogue in two and be left with two seperate experiences. This is true to an extent, with their early work being more traditionally danceable and the later very experimental, but there is more depth to it than that. Their earliest album, "Incunabula", was a very of the time techno dance record but it was very inventive and caught peoples attention. They followed that up with "Amber". Critically acclaimed, it revealed Autechre as a major talent with its lush melodic minimalism. Their difficult third turned out to be their defining record "Tri Repetae" and marked the infamous transition into experimentalism. It had the soul of Amber, but a mechanical heartbeat.
Onward, if you dare. The wonders of Confield, Draft 7.30 and Untilted are many and varied, but they require patience to digest. Recommended for those who find beauty in austerity. If that's not for you, skip to Quaristice, their latest, and most accessible.
Autechre make interesting music. I have no idea whether Autechre is made up of one person, two, or more, and I know little about how to categorise their style. I do know, however, that the music they make, while frequently sparse, and infrequently very catchy, is intelligently made and highly interesting. If you like what Aphex Twin’s Rephlex records refers to as ‘braindance’ (no, I don’t quite know what it is, I just have an idea of when the term should applied, as I imagine should anybody reading an opinion on Autechre) then Autechre are well worth a look.
Autechre, along with Aphex Twin, are at the forefront of warp records techno/electronica acts. While not as well-known as Aphex Twin, Autechre are definitely out there, producing interesting, innovative music. The Garbage EP is one of their best, in my opinion. The music is dense, rhythm-based, but backed with great swathes of lush sound. It's not dance music in the normal sense of the word, but it is infectious, drawing the listener in. Some people claim that electronic music is souless or anonymous, but while the anonymous tag can be applied to Autechre, the music touches more than the intellect. If you want a taste of Autechre then start here.