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Aphex Twin‘s new Ep Cheetah is due out later this week, but fans can now stream the full release before it drops. A number of cuts from the Ep have already surfaced on the internet, and the full collection could be heard at Warp Records booth at Namm. Now, though, thanks to Tom Robinson, you can check out the whole thing on his BBC Radio 6 show.
Cheetah is a foray into Aphex Twin’s love of analog gear, and the Ep takes its name from the Cheetah MS800 synthesizer, which was used to create the signature sound heard on the collection of songs. Most of the cuts feature an old school sound, with simple drum machine beats, squlechy basslines and warped, ambient synths.
You can listen to all seven tracks off Aphex Twin‘s latest effort here, starting around the one hour mark. Cheetah will be released in full »
- Connor Jones
Electronic music mastermind Aphex Twin has shared two more songs from his upcoming Cheetah Ep, debuting “CHEETAH7B” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show, while “2X202-TS5” was premiered on Lauren Laverne’s BBC Radio 6 program.
“CHEETAH7B” is a subdued number, featuring a minimalist production with a simple four on the floor beat, ghostly synths and a consistent bass sequence. The seven minute long track evokes the repetitive nature of Aphex Twin’s early ambient techno work, as the producer slowly introduces new layers throughout its lengthy run time. “2X202-TS5” is a bit more upbeat, featuring old school drum machine beats, warbly synth pads, and a bouncy bassline. You can listen to “2X202-TS5” here, around the 1:56:00 mark.
Stylistically, Aphex Twin seems to be drawing on his older material, working in his signature acid house and ambient techno sound palettes while expanding on the sound of his last album Syro. »
- Connor Jones
It’s been over a decade since Richard James released a storied string of Aphex Twin music videos, including the fiendish hip-hop musical extravaganza Windowlicker (directed by Chris Cunningham and embedded below). But, today, a surprise new video dropped from James’ upcoming Ep, Cheetah, and it revisits several classic Aphex Twin tropes — namely, kids and disconcerting James’ masks. In fact, the director is a kid — 12-year-old Ryan Wyer of Rush County, Dublin. Check out “CIRKLON3 [Колхозная mix]” above. »
- Scott Macaulay
Iconic electronic artist Aphex Twin, A.K.A. Richard D. James, has been releasing work since the early 1990’s. His most recent album “Syro” was released in 2014, 13 years after his last release “Drukqs.” “Syro” received widespread critical acclaim, winning a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album and placed at number four on Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2014 list.
Now, Aphex Twin has a new Ep coming out this summer, and he has released his first music video in 17 years to commemorate it, and he got a Irish pre-teen to direct it. 12-year-old Ryan Wyer directed the “CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ]” video, featuring his friends and family dancing around to the song wearing Aphex Twin t-shirts and occasionally wearing the infamous Richard D. James mask (from the cover of the “Richard D. James Album”). Aphex Twin apparently discovered Wyer through his YouTube channel and gave him the opportunity to direct his video. Watch the video below. »
- Vikram Murthi
In case you suspected that Aphex Twin‘s return to electronic music would turn out to be a flash in the pan, his most recent announcement proves otherwise. After winning the Grammy for Best Dance Album for his 2014 album Syro, the widely influential producer has revealed a new project in the works titled Cheetah Ep.
Where most of his recent releases (like last November’s “Avril Altdelay”) emerged via obscure SoundCloud accounts, Aphex Twin announced the Cheetah Ep by sending print advertisements to a handful of UK record stores. The pamphlets give a subtle nod to the corporate logo mockery style adopted by electronic music brands of the ’90s by imitating literature that would accompany computer hardware of the same era.
Something is cooking over at Warp. We had an update in the post #AphexTwin pic.twitter.com/AN9EkZQpK9
— Drift Record Shop (@driftrecordshop) June 6, 2016
An excerpt from the pamphlet »
- John Cameron
As we await to see which feature film Harmony Korine shoots this year — he's deciding between "The Trap" and a new, "Scarecrow"-esque picture he's recently written — there's still some stuff in the archives to see the light of day. And one of them may finally surface this year. Read More: Venice Review: Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' Is A Semi-Conventional Genre Flick & Future Cult Favorite Last summer, Korine told Marc Maron about a 20-minute short he made in the early 2000s with acclaimed music video director Chris Cunningham (Björk's "All Is Full Of Love," Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker"). Titled "Mitch Poppins," Korine said it's about a man with Tourette's Syndrome whose tic takes the form of breakdancing, and noted that while it wasn't finished at the time, he was waiting for the moment to release it. And it might soon be arriving. Chatting with The Guardian, he »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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