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Digeridoo (Expanded Edition)

    “It’s just too easy to make a standard dance track,” Aphex Twin said of his mindset back in 1992. “You’ve got to put a bit of thought into it to get something a bit different.”

    ‘Digeridoo’ was released on the Belgian R&S Records label in 1992, and originally peaked at #55 in the UK singles chart in May of that year. Over the last 32 years the track has become one of the essential Aphex Twin tracks in a gargantuan catalogue that continues to amaze and inspire.

    “I wanted to have some tracks to play to finish the raves I used to play in Cornwall, to really kill everybody off so they couldn’t dance,” Richard D James, AKA Aphex, told Select magazine back in the 90s. “Digeridoo came out of that.”

    Released as a 4 track EP that also included early Aphex productions (now classics) including the industrial, acidic clang of ‘Flap Head’ and hyperbolic futurism of ‘Isopropanol’, the release cemented a relationship with the R&S label that went on to release the ‘Xylem Tube’ EP and the pivotal album ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’ in the same year. The label’s owner & A&R Renaat Vandepapeliere reflected “When I first heard Aphex Twin’s music I said, ‘This is it!’, and everybody else said, ‘You’re crazy!’ …a lot of the hardcore R&S fans dropped us. To them it wasn’t music.”

    ‘Digeridoo’ (Expanded Edition) is the first time the EP has been re-issued with extra material. Whilst digging in his DAT archive (allegedly stored in an airtight military ammo box), Richard James revisited the recordings, encoding them through a Nakamichi CR7e cassette deck, using the customised deck with vari-speed to encode at speeds “felt right at the time”. Alongside these CR7e versions, the original mixes have been remastered by Beau Thomas at Ten Eight Seven Mastering, offering a dilated insight into one of electronic music’s most endearing releases.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Causing a whole stampede with electronica fans born in the early to mid 80s. One of the most pioneering and inventive releases from the psyche of a young Richard D James who would go onto to become a kind of UK demigod of underground electronica. Expanded with TASTY new bits ("Digeridoo" live in Cornwall!!) - this is a rightly treasured high watermark of what can be achieved when machines and genius combine.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Digeridoo
    A2. Flap Head
    B1. Phloam
    B2. Isoprophlex
    C1. Digeridoo (Cr7e Version)
    C2. Digeridoo (Live In Cornwall) (Cr7e Version)
    D1. Isoprophlex (Slow) (Cr7e Version)
    D2. Phloam (Cr7e Version)

    What's left to be said about Richard James? One of the most spectacular and critically lauded producers in the world, a divisive musician and Delphic artist, nearing his thirtieth year in 'the biz' and his sound continues to innovate, experiment and enthrall. The David Bowie of electronic music - for some there is simply no parallel and every last artifact is to be feverishly collected and treasured.

    A new EP that somehow extended and builds on his idiosyncratic and highly flamboyant style, the first duo of tracks, "T69 Collapse" and "1st 44" are at once playful and majestic. The first exploring the typically smiley-Cornish-acid-tekno genre with aplomb while the second implores deep subs and his galloping drum sequences to create a wobbly and cerebral track that plunges effortlessly into modern 'half-time' business, merging the best bits of techno, glitch, footwork and IDM in a truly Aphex flavoured broth.

    Flip the disc and "MT1 T29r2" explores the darker and deranged sides of his persona - utilizing the Kork's MS-20 filter to maximum devastation while more peppery, skitting drum flurries explode out of the recesses of the mix. Finally, "Abundance10edit[2 R8's, FZ20m & A 909]" (phew!) sees James showing off with his world beating drum programming. Can anyone sequence beats better than AFX? No way hosay - as this final tracks sends us tumbling, flailing and spiraling into the speaker stacks like no-one else can. Still the king of electronic music? Youbetcha! Another essential addition from this acid overlord. 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Every time there's a new Aphex release I'm convinced I've grown out of him and won't like it. Time and time again I've proved wrong as this producer par excellence continues to be ten steps ahead of the pack.

    TRACK LISTING

    Vinyl Tracklist:
    A1. T69 Collapse
    A2. 1st 44
    B1. MT1 T29r2
    B2. Abundance10edit[2 R8's, FZ20m & A 909]

    CD Tracklist:
    01. T69 Collapse
    02. 1st 44
    03. MT1 T29r2
    04. Abundance10edit[2 R8's, FZ20m & A 909]
    05. Pthex

    Aphex Twin

    Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Official Vinyl Repress

      Originally released in 1992 on R&S Records offshoot Apollo, "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" marks the first full length studio album by Richard D. James under his Aphex Twin name. Considered a landmark release in ambient techno, it's easy to see why it has endured. Feathery keys, dreamy production and trickling rhythms are drenched over distant samples from sources as diverse as Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory ("We Are The Music Makers"), Robocop ("Green Calx") and ethereal female vocals on opener "Xtal". Arguably some the most beautifully realised and majestic sounds of the revered musician's career.  The album provided the blueprint for every electronica, downbeat and chill-out record for years after. This is just one of those classic electronica releases that every home should have; melodic, semi-ambient and musical, this is AFX at his most accessible. Essential.




      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Xtal
      A2. Tha
      A3. Pulsewidth
      B1. Ageispolis
      B2. I
      B3. Green Calx
      B4. Heliosphan
      C1. We Are The Music Makers
      C2. Schottkey 7th Path
      C3. Ptolemy
      D1. Hedphelym
      D2. Delphium
      D3. Actium

      The Aphex Twin 'Cheetah EP' uses digital sound generation techniques combined with wave sequencing technology to bring you sounds with movement and depth rarely found on records today.

      To assure you that your 'Cheetah EP' will give you many years of enjoyment, please be sure to read the owners manual carefully before attempting to operate the 'Cheetah EP'.

      If you wish to experiment and create some sounds of your own, first try editing some sounds we’ve already made for you, before attempting to create a patch from scratch.

      We sincerely hope that having battled through the programming of the 'Cheetah EP', you have not become familiar with the exceptional potential of this record.

      Have fun programming, and if you create any superb patches and tones which you feel deserve to be appreciated by other 'Cheetah EP' buyers, send a MIDI System Exclusive Dump of them, on a disc to us at Warp and if we also think they are superb, you could be rewarded for your efforts. Try us!

      TRACK LISTING

      1. CHEETAHT2 [Ld Spectrum]
      2. CHEETAHT7b
      3. CHEETA1b Ms800
      4. CHEETA2 Ms800
      5. CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная Mix ]
      6. CIRKLON 1

      CD / Cassette Bonus Track:
      7. 2X202-ST5

      Aphex Twin

      Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2 EP

      After bursting back onto the scene last year with the suitably brilliant "Syro", Cornwall's favourite son is back with his second release in as many years, upping his release schedule by about 9000%. "Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2 EP" situates RDJ right at the centre of the mad scientist's lab, cooking up a baker's dozen of rhythmic breaks out of tuned percussion, detuned piano and unhinged doors. Situated somewhere between the faux hip hop of "I Care Because You Do", the disorienting moments of "Drukqs" and Pierre Schaeffer's "Musique concrète" this latest Aphex release matches the cryptic and accessible perfectly.


      TRACK LISTING

      1. Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed 13
      2. Snar2
      3. Diskhat1
      4. Piano Un1 Arpej
      5. DISKPREPT4
      6. Hat 2b 2012b
      7. Disk Aud1_12
      8. 0035 1-Audio
      9. Disk Prep Calrec2 Barn Dance [slo]
      10. DISKPREPT1
      11. Diskhat2
      12. Piano Un10 It Happened
      13. Hat5c 0001 Rec-4

      Aphex Twin

      Richard D James

        As ever Aphex's music is pulling in different directions on this 1996 CD, with tracks underpinned with glitchy chopped up beats and overlaid with lush, emotional synth work. Includes the single "Girl / Boy Song".

        Aphex Twin

        I Care Because You Do

          With recordings made between 1990 and 1995, "I Care Because You Do" brings together another fine collection of Cornish electronic experiments, including the single "Ventolin", and features a scary Richard D James distorted 'devil face' sleeve.

          TRACK LISTING

          Acrid Avid Jam Shred
          The Waxen Pith
          Wax The Nip
          Icct Hedral (Edit)
          Ventolin (Video Version)
          Come On You Slags!
          Start As You Mean To Go On
          Wet Tip Hen Ax
          Mookid
          Alberto Balsalm
          Cow Cud Is A Twin
          Next Heap With

          Aphex Twin

          Come To Daddy

            Originally out in 1997, these tracks showcase Richard D James at his scariest, most inventive and mellowest, delivering the possessed title track (which came accompanied by one of Chris Cunningham's more nightmarish videos), melodic "Flim", breaktronic "Come To Daddy" remix and jazz-breaks meets nursery rhymes "Bucephalus Bouncing Ball".

            TRACK LISTING

            12" Tracklisting:
            1 Come To Daddy (Pappy Mix) 4:21
            2 Flim 2:57
            3 Come To Daddy (Little Lord Faulteroy Mix) 3:50
            4 Bucephalus Bouncing Ball 5:43

            CD Tracklisting:
            1 Come To Daddy, Pappy Mix 4:22
            2 Flim 2:57
            3 Come To Daddy, Little Lord Faulteroy Mix 3:50
            4 Bucephalus Bouncing Ball 5:44
            5 To Cure A Weakling Child, Contour Regard 5:10
            6 Funny Little Man 3:58
            7 Come To Daddy, Mummy Mix 4:24
            8 IZ-US 2:57

            Aphex Twin

            Selected Ambient Works 85-92

            Originally released in 1992 on R&S Records offshoot Apollo, 'Selected Ambient Works 85-92' marks the first full length studio album by Richard D. James under his Aphex Twin name. Considered a landmark release in ambient techno, it's easy to see why it has endured. Feathery keys, dreamy production and trickling rhythms are drenched over distant samples from sources as diverse as Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory ('We Are The Music Makers'), Robocop ('Green Calx') and ethereal female vocals on opener 'Xtal'. Arguably some the most beautifully realised and majestic sounds of the revered musician's career.  The album provided the blueprint for every electronica, downbeat and chill-out record for years after. This is just one of those classic electronica releases that every home should have; melodic, semi-ambient and musical, this is AFX at his most accessible. Essential.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Martin says: Richard James was a pioneer, making human, wasted and warped electronica at a time it had not even occurred to anybody else. Of course it is very much of it's time, as any technology based entity will be, but it transcends such considerations by being unspeakably brilliant. 'Xtal', with it's rave inspired, dreamy female vocals drifting over it's soft staccato propulsion just might be one of the exquisite pieces of electronic music ever committed to anything. Every home should have one.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Xtal
            2. Tha
            3. Pulsewidth
            4. Ageispolis
            5. I
            6. Green Calx
            7. Heliosphan
            8. We Are The Music Makers
            9. Schottkey 7th Path
            10. Ptolemy
            11. Hedphelym
            12. Delphium
            13. Actium

            Aphex Twin

            DrukQs

              2001 posting from the crazy mind of Richard D James, and it's madder than ever! 30 tracks of bonkers hyperspeed breakcore mixed in with gorgeous piano pieces prove that there's only one Aphex Twin!!


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