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On his first album in 13 years, Richard D. James, the godfather of cerebral electronic music, is in top form. This isn't a comeback, nor a departure of any kind: Syro sounds like highly concentrated, classic Aphex Twin, a singular aesthetic that dates all the way back to 1982: beat patterns wiggle into the foreground, then disappear; analog synths snap, crackle and pop; moods vacillate between aggressively percussive and smoothly melodic. These tracks – they work together like one long set -- demand to be listened to with excellent headphones, the better to discern their highly intricate sequencing, arguably some of James' most ambitious. Each tune is teeming with juicy noise, all of it gleefully arranged. What comes through most is joy: it sounds like James is having so much fun. 

Customer Reviews

unsure as yet.

when I played this album, my cat attacked my synthesizer and now I don't know what to do.

Truly amazing musical journey.

Even though these are hand picked selections of Richard's earlier works that graced many a social venue years prior, it's still an amazing collection. Even though these are previously unreleased some have already claimed to have heard them before. Perhaps through his shows or as promos to those lucky few. His efforts are masterful, etherical, and overall entirely overdue. Like a cold glass of water to a parched pallet. You cannot simply get enough. A new classic is made.

Love it.

Glad aphex twin released this album and truly appreciate the music.


Born: August 18, 1971 in Limerick, Ireland

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Exploring the experimental possibilities inherent in acid and ambience, the two major influences on home-listening techno during the late '80s, Richard D. James' recordings as Aphex Twin brought him more critical praise than any other electronic artist. Though his first major single, "Didgeridoo," was a piece of acid thrash designed to tire dancers during his DJ sets, ambient stylists and critics later took him under their wing for Selected Ambient Works 85-92, a sublime touchstone in the field of...
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