Aphex Twin is a special kind of artist. A cult following surrounds him, obsessing over every little hint and detail that Richard D. James leaves behind. Few musicians in the world can boast such an obsession.
He remains one of the most creative artists in modern music. There’s a notable intelligence in his work, resulting in the Aphex Twin alias becoming synonymous with IDM (Intelligent Dance Music), though this is a label that the artist laughs in the face of, such is his ideology towards the restriction of genre.
“I just think it’s really funny to have terms like that. It’s basically saying ‘this is intelligent and everything else is stupid.’ It’s really nasty to everyone else’s music. It makes me laugh.”
From ambient techno to classical composition, Aphex Twin produces album after album. The producer has recently been locked in for slots at London’s Field Day and Barcelona’s Primavera Sound, so we thought it was a good time to revisit a few of our Aphex favourites.
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Phlange Phace (1992)
Phlange Phace is part of the Xylem Tube EP, released on R&S in 1992.
Depending on what you’re into, it may be hard to stomach. The tempo is kept to a blistering pace as distorted noise and broken beats carve a path through a dark musical ecosystem.
It’s what you’d call a face melter. Early jungle and breakcore influences can be distinguished, alongside notable drum and bass vibes. Pedal to the metal.