Not content with throwing out a whole discography’s worth of tracks on soundcloud recently, Richard D. James is clearly on a mission to make 2015 as busy as possible. orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008 is the first Aphex Twin release under the AFX moniker since 2005, so hoover up these eight tracks quick! On Warp.
Vinyl 12" £12.25 WAP384
12" on Warp in die-cut, spot gloss sleeve.
- Includes download code
CD £7.99 WAP384CD
CD EP on Warp in die-cut, spot gloss sleeve.
Not sure about you, but I can no longer keep up with this man-thing. New material is coming at a crazy rate, his sneaky tricks amongst them all. Oh wow, this user09784738 isn’t half bad at making glitch chill tech madness, where did they conjure these 200 tracks from? And now he’s playing the same card as computer controlled acoustic instruments, the ol’ 33/45 RPM card. So this review will jump between the two.
So AFX is currently grooving Syro-style, broken and upbeat, borderline rave and WHOA suddenly the speed kicks in and things are 200mph and snares sound like tin cans and is the needle stuck or is this just the 4th track? And back to reality, where Mr. James is chopping an odd-time groove, joined by virtually no synth but very much in jazz drum jamming mode, but if said drummer forgot about variation until the final bars.
So far it’s been a bit closer to Syro than the old AFX classix, until the wax is turned and WHOA we’re at breakneck Analord hardstyle thump and the bass is wompy underneath spitting chopped breaks and it’s reacting with the coffee in my veins with fury and vigour. 45rpm is too dangerous, I’m going back. The midipipes are now sounding a cautious spook fanfare as sanity dissolves around you, the detuned pads making a mockery of your ears. Even the chilled tracks are fucked. The penultimate tune is definitely the highlight of the 12”, serving as a great homage to late 90s downtempo sessions but with all the dexterity you expect from the man of many names. Sling this one up to approx. 40rpm and you’re onto a deejay winner, some exuberant primetime club action. We all know what to expect from RDJ now, but are all ears nonetheless, keep ‘em coming.
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