For most electronic fans, particularly those aligning themselves with the indie or intelligent electronic music movements, the name Aphex Twin is not just well-known, but also unquestionably well-regarded.
Last year all the talk seemed to be the Wu-Tang Clan‘s return to the studio and completion of a new album. This year we saw that same explosion of attention to another album release. But Richard D. James’ (Aphex Twin) newly anticipated album, Syro, which is due to be released September 19th, moves us from hip-hop to some of the most peculiar beats. James’ music even manages to often pose the question of what is music versus sound.
With a staggering library of music, the Aphex Twin project has moved through ambient, breakbeat, glitch, and IDM inspired sounds, many times mashing together multiple aspects of several into a single piece. After over a decade (13 years to be exact) of nothing from the Irish producer, we finally have the news of Syro. News of the album emerged through the release of its cover art, a thin lime green circle enclosing the Aphex Twin logo, with a broken and garbled tracklist that appears almost entirely nonsensical. With the artwork came a link to pre-order the album, as well as a disassembled description of its contents.
The album’s title track “minipops 67 [120.2]” found its way to the airwaves finally. Fans who have already pre-ordered Syro can now directly download the track immediately FREE of charge. It’s peculiar title only further plays into the organized chaos of James’ releases.
Aphex Twin – “minipops 67 [120.2]”