TS: Aphex Twin: Selected ambient works 85-92 VS SAW Volume 2

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Picked up Volume 2 recently, and like it a lot. I'm surprised it was considered a relative disappointment. I suppose it's a bit more aimless, a bit less direct. And perhaps a teensy bit of editing wouldn't have gone amiss. But overall, I prefer it to his debut. It's an endless source of gorgeous floaty piano lines.

The first two tracks on 85-92 are the best thing on either album, though. The bassline on the second track in particular is fantastic.

Tell me, which do you prefer...?

weasel diesel (K1l14n), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i don't do all-time top tens, but if i did SAW2 would have to be in there. beautiful, eternal music. i really need to write abt it on CoM...

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

V2. More disparate, more breadth, more evocative in more ways for me. Aimless as the wonderful point.

Honda (Honda), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Xtal" and "Windowlicker" are the two best songs in James' catalog - if he'd hung it up after the latter, wotta a career arc!

SAW II destroys 85-92 in my book, always has - most of those early loop tracks run on far too long. Though it's much better than Classics and "i" is beautiful as anything on SAW II, that set's still got the best ambient pieces Eno left off Apollo.

Chris Ott (Chris Ott), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure that it was considered a relative disappointment. I think it's the best thing he ever did.

Ben Williams, Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah i prefer sawII
you should read the customer reviews on amazon
1/3 of them never really got into it
1/3 of them find it the most peaceful,relaxing music ever
1/3 of them find that it terrifies them to the very core of their being
they make it sound like acid
(i suppose it does kind of sound like acid)

robin (robin), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The second one is my favourite I suppose, but they're both albums that I have to be in the mood for. I think "Windowlicker" and "Come to Daddy" are incredible and important records, but I prefer him when he's being sweet and nice. "Girl/Boy Song" and "Melodies from Mars" are two of the most beautiful bits of audio I've ever heard.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"xtal" and "come to daddy (pappy mix)" are the only AFX songs I can still listen to.

gygax!, Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

only heard SAW2. I think the melodies are incredible.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I love that album, second only to his ...I CARE BECAUSE YOU DO work.

Lek Dukagjin, Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i care because you do is best

gareth (gareth), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 16:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah i loved i care because you do when i had a loan of it
the last track in particular

robin (robin), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 17:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'll go with SAW vol. 2 as well. It didn't really click when I first bought it a few years back. But I couldn't fall asleep one night so I put it on and listened until what must've been around 6am or so, and yeah, it scared the hell out of me. Not exactly certain why, as now I find it very peaceful, but on that first sleepless night it really freaked me out.

original bgm, Tuesday, 21 January 2003 17:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No, SAWII is classed amongst fans as one of his very best releases. I find it incredibly nice to put on during those moments of semi-sleep. The long silences between tracks can be very interesting at 3am. The only qualm I have (but also the reason I like it so much) is that many of the tracks, though peaceful are VERY scarey. In fact, I think track 6 off the UK version of CD2 is the most chilling voodoo-y tune of all time and I can't listen to it at night or I get bad dreams. I generally have to program the cd player to skip some of the unsettling tunes on there.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 18:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

wot marcello sed.

naked as sin (naked as sin), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 18:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Tho "Xtal" is a peak of human creativity.

naked as sin (naked as sin), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 18:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

About the only thing missing from SAW II is the man's evil sense of humor. Otherwise, flawless.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 18:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Thank god. That's "humor," I think.

Ben Williams, Tuesday, 21 January 2003 18:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Humor is god?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 19:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What a bad sentence. What I mean to say is, thank god he left his so-called wit off of SAW II.

Ben Williams, Tuesday, 21 January 2003 19:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I agree about I CAre Because You Do being the best.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 20:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think it is a great record, but I found it to be very derivative of Eno's ambient work. I am not saying that just from a production standpoint or because it is "ambient", I am saying it because it seems like a lot of the musical ideas in SAWII were pulled from Eno's early ambient albums.

I cannot say what was ripped off from what off the top of my head, but I have had SAWII for years and have only recently been getting a lot of Eno's ambient material. There have been more than a couple times where I will listen to Eno and recognize something from SAWII.

SAWII and SAWI are vastly different records and I do not think it is fair to judge them against each other. I quite like them both, but for very different reasons. I do find that it is very difficult to play SAWII at a party, but SAWI goes over quite well. Then again, most of my friends hate drifty ambient music with a passion. ;)

If I hate to take sides, I would go with SAWII. If only for Blue Calx and Disc 1 track 3.

Mike Taylor (mjt), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 23:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ageispolis and Heliosphan are both tons better than Xtal. The second side of Vol1 is gay.

dog latin (dog latin), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 23:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i read this as Aphex vs StockAitkinWaterman and was delighted by Marcello's championing of the trios second greatest hits comp.

gaz (gaz), Tuesday, 21 January 2003 23:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Has it got the hilarously bad "Band Aid 2" single on it? The one with Sonia and Bros and stuff?

Lynskey (Lynskey), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 00:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"if it really is me" on the polygon window album is one of my rdj faves. never really bothered too much with aphex twin which i'm not sure i regret or not. something seems to tell me that a belated exploration wouldn't be worthwhile but i am curious to hear some more of his stuff. i do like girl/boy song, windowlicker, on and some other bits i've heard.

michael wells (michael w.), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 14:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

get the richard d james album, i care because you do and maybe hangable auto bulb

gareth (gareth), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 15:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

start with the come to daddy mini album and then work backwards. Don't bother with Druqks - it's only got about 4 REALLY decent tunes and the rest is poor to piddling.

dog latin (dog latin), Thursday, 23 January 2003 01:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

...and have only recently been getting a lot of Eno's ambient material.

When will someone point out that mt is late to the party?

Andy K (Andy K), Thursday, 23 January 2003 02:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

In order of greatness

1. I Care Because You Do
2. Come to Daddy
3. Surfing on Sine Waves
4. SAW2
5. SAW1
6. Caustic Window Comp
7. Windowlicker

Richard D. James album/Drukqs - consigned to crap bin. The 'V/VM Help Aphex Twin' pair of mini-CDs are better than either by a long shot.

Millar (Millar), Thursday, 23 January 2003 02:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i dug out surfing on sinewaves the other day and it's better than i remember. i really quite like the Mike and Rich "Expert Knob Twiddlers" album. at first it sounds like a fucking joke but it can get quite trippy at points.

dog latin (dog latin), Thursday, 23 January 2003 02:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

In order of greatness
1. I Care Because You Do
2. Come to Daddy
3. Surfing on Sine Waves
4. SAW2
5. SAW1
6. Caustic Window Comp
7. Windowlicker

No Classics?

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 23 January 2003 03:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've heard of people playing both discs of SA2 simultaneously, a la Zaireeka. Has anyone tried this? If so, what were the results?

Ian Johnson, Thursday, 23 January 2003 04:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Sorry...

1. I Care Because You Do
2. Come to Daddy
3. Surfing on Sine Waves
4. SAW2
5. SAW1
6. Caustic Window Comp
7. Classics
8. Windowlicker

Eh. 'Classics' no great shakes for me, probably why I forgot it.

Millar (Millar), Thursday, 23 January 2003 04:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Disagree as vociferously as I can muster, Richard D James is a fantastic record, especially when listened to in conjunction with the "Girl/Boy EP" ("Boy/Girl"? I forget).

Seconded re: Expert Knob Twiddlers as well, esp for the fab Francois Hardy sample.

Charlie (Charlie), Thursday, 23 January 2003 04:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
Vol. 2 affects me like no other record I've ever heard. Each track is its own distinct sound universe, not so much composed as seemingly unearthed or discovered. The album is basically egoless, by which I mean you are never aware of the presence of the composer. The beauty of the tracks is not so much in the underlying musical ideas (in a "wow, how did he ever think to do that!" way) as in their sheer near-physical presence. They give the uncanny and very disturbing impression that they are emanating from within your own mind. I realize that my description makes it sound not so different from other zone-out drone type stuff, but SAWII lacks that sensed underlying intention of being created in order to lull you to sleep or trance you out. The melodies are actually quite beguiling; they rarely if ever tense up and resolve, which gives the impression that they could go on forever -- and further reinforces the sense the listener gets of having uncovered them, of aurally witnessing some natural phenomena rather than being subjected to the ego-driven expression of a fellow human. More later; I could talk for hours about this record.

Clarke B. (stolenbus), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 18:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I've heard of people playing both discs of SA2 simultaneously, a la Zaireeka. Has anyone tried this? If so, what were the results?

I've tried it before but the results are debatable. It appears to sync up for the first 10 mins and then not really. Worth a try though if you're bored.

dog latin (dog latin), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 19:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"I've heard of people playing both discs of SA2 simultaneously, a la Zaireeka. Has anyone tried this? If so, what were the results? "

i remember doing this a while ago,it was a bit of a laugh but i can't remember whether it was actually better or just a novelty
the reason i did it was because i read that it was designed to work well like that
haha crosspost

robin (robin), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 19:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can't actually believe that some people thought this was a joke or a novelty when it came out? What was the thinking behind that conclusion?

Clarke B. (stolenbus), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 19:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

who thought it was a novelty?

robin (robin), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 19:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was under the impression that some thought this was a middle-finger-up album in the same vein (albeit much more subdued) as Metal Machine Music. As in, "No beats, what's gotten INto this guy?!"

Clarke B. (stolenbus), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 19:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's correct. it was expected that he would just go on in the beat-type template but he turned around and gave warp a dbl CD rec of ambient music. wonder what they thought...but of course, unlike MMM, it was no contract breaker or anything.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 20:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The first album he put out was ambient. No shocker that the second one was too, as I recall.

Such controversy as there was revolved around the lack of titles and the symbols/images he used to identify each track instead.

My basic theory with Aphex Twin is that everything without beats rules, and everything with beats sucks.

Ben Williams, Wednesday, 16 July 2003 20:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

well i can imagine some spa putting on sawII and dismissing it instantly,but i have always thought it was one of his more well regarded albums

robin (robin), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 20:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

but wasn't some of his early stuff (singles) beats oriented. some was ambient but at that point he was being talked abt etc and he was a new-ish signing to the warp label (as i recall, SAW II was his first big release on there).

I don't think everything that has beats sucks at all but he has never managed to make an out and out grebt record by using beats.

SAWII is the best thing i've heard from him.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 20:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i just sold vol ii because as much as i respect it i never, ever listen to it.

amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 20:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My basic theory with Aphex Twin is that everything without beats rules, and everything with beats sucks.

While I think this is balderdash, I do hold the "piano" pieces on Druqks in very high regard, despite the general spottiness of that album. If I had a CD burner, I'd make myself a special EP of just those tracks. The very last track, in particular, is so beautiful it hurts.

Sam J. (samjeff), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 20:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No dude, SAW I was his first big release on Warp! I comes before II, you see...

The first track he was known for was Didgeridoo, which was pretty pounding. But the next was Analogue Bubblebath, which was classically fluffy.

His beats are crap! They really are.

Ben Williams, Wednesday, 16 July 2003 20:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(Did anyone hear the with-added-beats version of one of the SAW II tracks on that "Remixes for Cash" thing? I thought the track was... way diminished in that form. I read a review somewhere speculating that all the SAW II tracks may have originally had beats that were then removed, but I don't know where they got that from.)

Sam J. (samjeff), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 20:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

are you saying he gets ''beats'' out of a piano? (haven't heard druqks yet).

''No dude, SAW I was his first big release on Warp! I comes before II, you see...''

ok thought it was on that label from belgium, my memory fails me again at this late hour.


Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 16 July 2003 20:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I particularly like the track that sounds like snake charmer music,
This one gave me a serious full-on audio-sensory nightmare once upon a time.

― Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Thursday, March 30, 2017 3:00 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Snake charmer music? Which song is this?

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 31 March 2017 11:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Cheetah is brilliant because it's funky as, all other considerations secondary at best. ditto Analord.

Django Chutney (Noodle Vague), Friday, 31 March 2017 11:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Haven't really dug anything Aphex has done since drukqs tbh. I also remember there was another rumor that he made it a double album so that he could get out of his contract with Warp. Don't know if that's true or not. But goddamn does it have some amazing songs on it. How can anyone hate "Avril 14th"?

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 31 March 2017 11:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I would like to second all of mr dog latins points

Not the real Tombot (El Tomboto), Friday, 31 March 2017 11:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Drukqs is one of my favourite electronic albums largely because of how all over the place it is (though I can definitely hear where the criticisms come from), but I'm a terrible dilettante when it comes to this sort of thing so that doesn't count for much. His last couple of releases have just refused to grow on me I'm afraid

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 31 March 2017 12:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

comparing his other stuff to Come to Daddy and Windowlicker seems like setting yourself up for disappointment, both those tunes are parodies that would've really have made sense in another era

frogbs, Friday, 31 March 2017 13:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

would've -> wouldn't've

frogbs, Friday, 31 March 2017 13:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Snake charmer music? Which song is this?

― Mr. Snrub, Friday, March 31, 2017 12:15 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

CD2 Track 6 on the UK version (Windowsill) I think.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Friday, 31 March 2017 15:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xpost:

They're also two of his most overrated tracks... being, yes, both parodies that relied a lot on RDJ's short lived "Aphex Twin as personality" schtick.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 15:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

. It's a very stilted album with little quality control, and does this cyclical mid-tempo / banger / avant-garde / mid-tempo / banger / avant-garde thing all the way through.

Firstly, I disagree about the album having little quality control, and secondly you've just described one of the reasons the album is great.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 15:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

comparing his other stuff to Come to Daddy and Windowlicker seems like setting yourself up for disappointment, both those tunes are parodies that would've really have made sense in another era

― frogbs, Friday, March 31, 2017 2:21 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

would've -> wouldn't've

― frogbs, Friday, March 31, 2017 2:22 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The lead tracks were parodies, but what about Flim, Nannou, Bouncing Bucephalus Ball, IZ-US, To Cure A Weakling Child, the Equation track? Feels like they each had their own identity and a 'pop' approach. After Windowlicker (well, after Druqks really), it seemed he got less interested in following that path and more interested in trying to revive acid techno on archaic machines.

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Friday, 31 March 2017 15:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Drukqs is one of my favourite electronic albums largely because of how all over the place it is (though I can definitely hear where the criticisms come from), but I'm a terrible dilettante when it comes to this sort of thing so that doesn't count for much. His last couple of releases have just refused to grow on me I'm afraid

― ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, March 31, 2017 12:31 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

While I don't rank it as high as Drukqs or Selected Ambient Works II, I still have a great deal of time for Syro... it's RDJ's "pop" record, but the compositions are still strange. A lot of the tracks sound as if they started out straight ahead, then RDJ did what he could to fuck 'em up and sound not-quite-right... and the sound design is wonderful, as ever.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 15:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah I can't fault the sound design and compositional detail of Syro but I just don't get much out of it. There's a chance it'll click with me at some point though

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 31 March 2017 16:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Dog latin OTM upthread.

Like the XMAS track on Syro, but the album exhausts me and is a reminder of why that strain of ever evolving electronic music is really not my thing these days. Perhaps poorly articulated - "Cheetah" came as a relief because it was pared back.

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

85 > 2

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Syro's first few tracks are fantastic, but then it all merges into an dull electro-funk soup for me. I like the Cheetah EP much better, but brevity may have something to do with it.

Personally think Flim towers over much of what he's done since. Glad he's still putting stuff out though ...

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:15 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This particular strain of electronic music hit such a peak in the early '00s... Drukqs, Confield... superb.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I've also been disappointed by most stuff since the Flow Coma remix. I know there's gold in Analord but I always forget exactly which impenetrably named tracks to check.

Cheetah is the exception. Wasn't into it at first but came back one day and realized it's just seismic tunes. Maybe not formally ambitious but I defy anyone to find a superfluous note or an emotion that seems simulated rather than just contained. Most u+k since CTD.

0 / 0 (lukas), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hold on though are frogs and dogs up there really acting like Windowlicker isn't a banger on a big system

0 / 0 (lukas), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

About half of Drukqs bangs on a big system, too. The other half soothes my speakers after it's knocked the fuck out of 'em.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah I though dismissing Windowlicker as a mere 'parody' seemed a bit odd ...

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It's still one of his most overrated tracks. 'Flim' is brilliant, though - Top 10 Aphex track for me.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 16:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I'm not dismissing it as parody, but that was the starting point, no? Don't get me wrong the track rules but its such a clear one-off.

but I do see what you're saying DL, there was definitely a sense of each track being its own thing back then. that whole stretch from ICBYD to Windowlicker rules because you don't know what you're going to hear, the way he mixes acoustic and real-world sounds with drill n' bass hell was always fascinating to me. it's hard to imagine him doing something like "Logon Rock Witch" or "4" anymore.

frogbs, Friday, 31 March 2017 19:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Film is overrated there I said it

a but (brimstead), Friday, 31 March 2017 20:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah. I mean don't get me wrong I like Flim plenty but I don't get why it gets singled out so much.

example (crüt), Friday, 31 March 2017 20:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

windowlicker is great track

-_- (jim in vancouver), Friday, 31 March 2017 20:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

fu if disagree

-_- (jim in vancouver), Friday, 31 March 2017 20:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I have literally never seen so many dog latin otms in the entire time dog latin has been on ilx.

Bill Teeters (Tom D.), Friday, 31 March 2017 23:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sure, if the O stands for "off", which he certainly is regarding Druqks.

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 23:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

COME ON YOU CUNTS, LET'S HAVE SOME APHEX ACID!

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Friday, 31 March 2017 23:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

^^^ for real. Drukqs was my proper intro to Aphex, i had heard only Stone in Focus (on Astralwerks comp.) and SAW vol. II in a car, previously. to this day, i've heard nothing that touches the depth and feel of tracks like 54 Cymru Beats, Vordhosbn, Meltphace 6, Ziggomatic 17, Omgyjya-Switch7, Cock/ver10, Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michaels Mount, and Taking Control (all fucking epics)--in this vein of aggressive, super-detailed "drill + bass" music. Except for maybe Death Fuck Mental Beats, on Rushup Edge. my attitude/approach wasn't colored by anything - i had no expectations, nothing to gauge it by. i loved the piano tracks at first, and was nearly repelled by the aggro 'drill' tracks.. it took a couple years to grow on me. the miscellaneous ambient bits and piano tracks provide a welcome relief to the more intense tracks, as well as added atmosphere and a sense of a journey/exploration. the overall sequence is great, wouldn't have it any other way. one of my favorite albums

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

drukqs pwns

just another (diamonddave85), Saturday, 1 April 2017 01:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

saw II sounds lush on my stereo setup, it's really enveloping.. like somebody stated upthread, it's as if it's emanating from something other than the stereo speakers. hard to compare it to 85-92, the music is markedly different - the terrain and spaced out qualities of it aren't really present on 85-92. Stone in Focus is timeless and beautiful. it does sort of evoke the feelings of late night/early morning acid comedown, like a warm cave/gentle brain balm. Love Tha, too

Syro is spotty, for sure. Papat4 (Pineal Mix) + S950tx16wasr10 (Earth Portal Mix) are both fantastic, along with the front end of the album (Minipops + XMASEVET10). 4 Bit 9d Api+e+6 is another banger, even my mom dug it. the Circlont tracks are chunky-sounding, they don't have that effortless feel/flow that characterizes some of the "drill" tracks on Drukqs.

Fredugolon 6 (on Rushup Edge) is another underrated track.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 1 April 2017 19:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

my mistake, Fredugolon 6 is on the Confederation Trough ep. The CD version has this little gem: https://youtu.be/_wTl-wYL0-k

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 1 April 2017 21:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

^ This guy gets it!

The Roger Waters Experience (Turrican), Saturday, 1 April 2017 23:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

There's nothing as refined or fleshed out as this, on the RDJ album. 54 Cymru Beats is a modest example, check out Taking Control or Ziggomatic 17.. these tracks set a high-water mark that hasn't been touched since.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Sunday, 2 April 2017 01:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

designer of saw II artwork/logo:

https://www.facebook.com/residentadvisor/videos/10154686276379480/

dollar general (am0n), Thursday, 6 April 2017 17:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that was nice

Raul Chamgerlain (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 6 April 2017 19:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

dollar general (am0n), Thursday, 6 April 2017 23:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.instagram.com/p/BR594wqhkiL/

having the logo mutate over time to unrecognizability would have been brilliant

0 / 0 (lukas), Friday, 7 April 2017 05:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hold on though are frogs and dogs up there really acting like Windowlicker isn't a banger on a big system

― 0 / 0 (lukas), Friday, March 31, 2017 5:23 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I really really like Windowlicker FWIW. It's clever in more ways than one.

but I do see what you're saying DL, there was definitely a sense of each track being its own thing back then. that whole stretch from ICBYD to Windowlicker rules because you don't know what you're going to hear, the way he mixes acoustic and real-world sounds with drill n' bass hell was always fascinating to me. it's hard to imagine him doing something like "Logon Rock Witch" or "4" anymore.

― frogbs, Friday, March 31, 2017 8:34 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

And this is OTM

Lennon, Elvis, Hendrix etc (dog latin), Friday, 7 April 2017 12:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah there was a Disco Nihilist post that I think about a lot, talking about how Aphex releases used to be like shocking brand-new worlds. Hard to imagine that happening again.

0 / 0 (lukas), Friday, 7 April 2017 18:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

there have been many posts saying exactly that...

clouds, Friday, 7 April 2017 18:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

At this point I find the most exciting thing Aphex Twin does is occasionally bring out tracks that include his signifiers, like on "Cheetah" there's a couple synth pads that sound like his classic ambient work.

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 7 April 2017 18:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

all his tracks have his signifiers though?

clouds, Friday, 7 April 2017 19:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, I guess so..perhaps some just resonate with me more

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 7 April 2017 19:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

he comes up with some gnarly bass lines, like those in 4 bit, papat4, and Xmas_Evet10 on Syro. hell, even the circlont14 (Shrymoming mix) 20-step bass breakdown is good for a calboti (an internal chuckle). the textures are surely popping, or maybe they're just remarkable. papat4 is elating, the bass is burgeoning.. but it's short-lived. oh, Aphex *sigh*

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 8 April 2017 13:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/_1Pk2bKF3xs

this Aleksi Perälä character uses tonalities (Colundi Sequences?) that vaguely recall saw II.. giant catalog of his stuff on Bandcamp

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 8 April 2017 14:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

dollar general (am0n), Monday, 10 April 2017 20:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks for sharing that am0n. Getting serious tingles.

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 05:28 (five days ago) Permalink


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