I'll keep this short - my old copy suddenly had a scratch on it and for a moment I was like oh my god what if I can't get another one?! But thankfully I did and you know it's true that you don't know what you've got til it's gone.
I've been listening to Bytes for many years - not as many as the veterans here but I know my electronica now and this is head and shoulders above a lot of the similarly-minded ambient techno out there. I'm not slating Plaid or Autechre or Speedy J, they all totally rock, but this and Spanners are masterclasses in what can be achieved through the medium of music. Electronica always opens up the mind to strange and exciting possibilities - for me anyway - and Bytes just proves there's so much you can inject into an audio message. Egyptology, Futurism and cyberspace, proto-blogs and physical cosmology, plus it's wicked danceable too. Think of all that comes on Prince's Sign o the Times and how packed an album that is with all the social commentry and sex and funk, then just switch topics and this becomes a statement on the future of how we listen to, understand and dance to music. They were on a different wavelength back then. Thank god I got a new copy the day after.