It’s no secret that Aphex Twin (AKA Richard D. James) is one of my favorite artists, but I can see how someone who’s yet to give him a listen might be intimidated by his scattered discography. Following are my picks for the top 10 Aphex Twin productions.
In a ranking of the months by number of great albums released, January would be right there with December at the bottom. That trend has been proven especially true this year, since there’s been a severe lack of releases that anyone will be listening to a month from now. Between disappointing releases from the promising young artists of today (Warpaint, Young the Giant) and disappointing releases from artists who were promising and young in 1997 (Crystal Method, Mogwai), January 2014 has gone down in music history as a good time to catch up on music from another era.
Fortunately, the rest of 2014 should be jam-packed with great new music. I now present the top 10 upcoming releases most worthy of hype, starting with…
Dance music, plain and simple. One 4/4 synth-washed banger after another. Track 1 is the perfect introduction to the group, with a slow build to an in-the-clouds chorus. Honestly you could throw on every track to a similar effect. Highly recommended. Similar to: Justice, Todd Terje, early Daft Punk.
-Zach Shealy 8/21/2013
This is a textbook example of Victory Records metalcore. Exactly what I expected based on the album cover and names (of the band, tracks, album, etc.). But I liked it. Recommended for a metal show.
-Kaleb Lowe 4/12/13