Few musicians actually live up to the mystery of their persona quite like Richard D. James of Aphex Twin. After a painfully long hiatus from production, virtually disappearing from the scene for more than ten years, he came back to release his album Syro, and it made critics everywhere bow in approval. Now, upon the completion of a two-part interview with Dave Noyze, he has released thirty more never-before-heard tracks, and they are all as experimental and meticulous as ever.
The 30 tracks include multiple orchestral outtakes, experiments on Serge and Buchla synthesizers, and also the demo version of CIRCLONT6A [141.98][syrobonkus mix] from Syro. Some of the tracks are less than a few months old, while others date several years prior to the release of Syro. His interview with Noyze also revealed that some of the vocal clips were actually severely vocoded phrases of his wife speaking in Russian.
With an equipment list that reads more like a complex computer manual, Syro was a producer’s dream when it came to utilizing strange equipment combinations. These newly released tracks prove equally as heavy-handed with technical combos and venture deeper into that esoteric realm that few other than James himself feel comfortable traversing.
You can download 21 of the tracks for free from Aphex Twin’s SoundCloud here.