AFX – orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008

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AFX – orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008 (EP)

Honestly, the breakbeats on “oberheim blacet1b” were enough to convince me.  Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2 was a rather mediocre collection of the usual abrasive art-noise; orphaned deejay selek is more abrasive art-noise, but it’s abrasive art-noise that you can sort of dance to.  Richard D James has always been at his sharpest when he’s welded himself to a beat, although his bizarrely mutant ideas of what constitutes a “beat” tend to stretch definitions beyond all recognition.  AFX is, of course, the particular artist label that brought the bouncing acid-rave of the Analogue Bubblebath series as well as the searing style of drill n bass on Hangable Auto Bulb, so the fact that it approaches the neighbourhood of club-readiness is probably not all that surprising.

The man promised that he had over a decade of music simmering, waiting to be released, and the third installment in that promise is as good as anything he’s ever released under the AFX moniker.  It’s further proof that he never fell off, but just went away for a while; now he’s back, and the acid flows freer than ever.

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Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2

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Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2

The large expanse of time between Drukqs and last year’s Syro was apparently still a busy time for Richard D James.  On the release of Syro he commented that he had a great deal of music stuffed away on his hard drive, and it seems that this is true.  This EP follows very closely on the heels of that album and follows the trend of using the raw names of the files on his hard drive as the song titles.  The similarity ends here; this “EP” (which reaches nearly half an hour) features what seems for all intents and purposes seem like saved files from the staging area of his DAW.  The second track is a twenty second run of snare rolls, ferchrissakes.  Despite the dumping-ground nature of most of the album, there are some great moments, two of them named “diskhat”.  They’re head-nodder tracks for sure, but “piano un10 it happened” is a beautiful piano track reminiscent of “Avril 14th”.  Still, though, it feels like an album full of cast-off material, which is admittedly not strange for the arc of his career, but doesn’t make for essential listening.