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Barnes & Noble - Michael Endelman
After disappearing into the British countryside for a few years, the eclectic electronica producer known as Aphex Twin born Richard D. James has returned. And boy, is he back -- Drukqs pronounced "drugs", Aphex's first full-length album since 1996, is a doozy. Clocking in at more than 110 minutes, the double-disc set is stuffed with 30 cuts of hyperkinetic beat-trickery, glowing ambient numbers, and plaintive piano instrumentals that recall the work of minimalist classical composer Erik Satie. Despite Aphex's long absence, Drukqs proves that the reclusive producer hasn't fallen behind contemporary trends. The aggressive drum-'n'-bass beats and noisy synth effects on...
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Barnes & Noble - Michael Endelman
After disappearing into the British countryside for a few years, the eclectic electronica producer known as Aphex Twin born Richard D. James has returned. And boy, is he back -- Drukqs pronounced "drugs", Aphex's first full-length album since 1996, is a doozy. Clocking in at more than 110 minutes, the double-disc set is stuffed with 30 cuts of hyperkinetic beat-trickery, glowing ambient numbers, and plaintive piano instrumentals that recall the work of minimalist classical composer Erik Satie. Despite Aphex's long absence, Drukqs proves that the reclusive producer hasn't fallen behind contemporary trends. The aggressive drum-'n'-bass beats and noisy synth effects on tracks like "Avril 14th" reinforce James's title as a forefather to the current crop of "intelligent dance music" producers like Mouse on Mars. On "54 Cymru Beats," James fractures and splinters crystalline drum shards into a jagged slab of sonic sculpture that threatens to leap out of the speakers. But the quiet moments here are just as engaging. The ethereal "Gwely Mermans" is a wondrous piece of ambient music -- the misty four-four thump sounds like techno filtered through a dense London fog. Though it frequently flip-flops between calm and near-chaos, Drukqs is infused with wistful, childlike melodies and melancholy keyboard tickles that could make R2D2 weep. Aphex's binary creations are definitely driven by a human heart.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Despite threatening retirement several times, in 2001 Richard D. James finally released another Aphex Twin record. But for all this record tells listeners, he may still be in retirement. Spreading 30 tracks most with unpronounceable titles across two discs, Drukqs sounds less like a major new statement from electronica's best producer than the results of a Sunday afternoon's trawl through his hard drive for files he hasn't released before. Many songs here evoke the feel of recordings long since past, from the quiet ambient techno of his breakthrough, Selected Ambient Works 85-92, to the demonically extroverted programming of Richard D. James Album and the Come to Daddy EP. Stylistically, the record leans toward the later recordings, with many tracks here reprising the off-key melodies and overloaded drum programming of "Come to Daddy" or "Windowlicker." There's also little rhyme or reason to the program; James veers directly from a drill'n'bass firestorm "Cock/Ver 10" to a delicate piano piece à la Erik Satie "Avril 14th" to an acid-techno burner "Mt. Saint Michel Mix" with barely a glance backward for transition. Of course, aside from all the criticism, the previously unreleased musings of Aphex Twin are still far more intriguing and solid than most producers' best releases. The opener, "Jynweythek Ylow," and "Ruglen Holon" are brilliant, inscrutable pieces reminiscent of a rusty, bygone music box or the gamelan music of Indonesia. And a few of the second-disc highlights, "Meltphace 6" and "Taking Control," chart a middle ground between the emotional ambience of early Aphex Twin and the wracked hysteria of his later work. Drukqs is a sprawling album that defies listeners to understand or enjoy it as a whole, and would've worked much better as a fan-only release than the long-awaited return of the techno vanguard's favorite producer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 643443117425
  • Catalog Number: 31174

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jynweythek Ylow (2:23)
  2. 2 Vordhosbn (4:51)
  3. 3 Kladfvgbung Micshk (2:06)
  4. 4 Omgyjya Switch 7 (4:52)
  5. 5 Strotha Tynhe (2:12)
  6. 6 Gwely Mernans (5:08)
  7. 7 Bbydhyonchord (2:33)
  8. 8 Cock/Ver 10 (5:18)
  9. 9 Avril 14th (2:05)
  10. 10 Mt. Saint Michel Mix/St. Michaels Mount (8:10)
  11. 11 Gwarek 2 (6:46)
  12. 12 Orban Eq Trx 4 (1:35)
  13. 13 Aussois (0:13)
  14. 14 Hy a Scullyas Lyf a Dhagrow (2:14)
  15. 15 Kesson Daslef (1:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 54 Cymru Beats (6:06)
  2. 2 Btoum-Roumada (1:58)
  3. 3 Lornaderek (0:31)
  4. 4 Penty Harmonium (1:27)
  5. 5 Meltphace 6 (6:24)
  6. 6 Bit 4 (0:25)
  7. 7 Prep Gwarlek 3B (1:19)
  8. 8 Father (0:57)
  9. 9 Taking Control (7:13)
  10. 10 Petiatil Cx Htdui (2:11)
  11. 11 Ruglen Holon (1:49)
  12. 12 Afx237 V7 (4:23)
  13. 13 Ziggomatic V17 (8:35)
  14. 14 Beskhu3epnm (2:10)
  15. 15 Nanou 2 (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aphex Twin Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Aphex Twin Producer
Richard D. James Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must buy for Techno lovers!

    This CD really is great to listen to, sounds really cool. Not like Aphex Twin's most popular albums though, still great.

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