New Aphex Twin:26 Mixes For Cash

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  1. JasonK

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    I picked this up on Tuesday. It's not really "new" Aphex Twin per se, but as the title implies, it's 26 remixes done for money.

    There are tracks by Jesus Jones, Nine Inch Nails, and Aphex Twin spread over 2 discs.

    The first disc is what I've listened to the most so far. Really mellow and it reminded me of "Selected Ambient Works Volume 1". The remix of 'Journey' is a standout.

    From what I've listened to of Disc 2, it's more like the jackhammer beats of "Windowlicker" and "Drukqs". I'll be able to give it a more thorough listen next week while at school.

    Anyhow, I know a lot of people were disappointed with "Drukqs" (not me) but 26 Mixes For Cash should win back some fans.
     
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    Now there's a band I've been meaning to get into. I did recently pick up my first Massive Attack CD and liked it. Do they have much in common?
     
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    Mike, which Massive Attack did you pick up? I've got Mezzanine, but that's it.

    If you're new to the world of Aphex Twin I'd suggest starting with the Richard D. James Album.

    Aphex Twin (real name Richard D. James) sounds really only like himself. He's invented his own equipment. He's sampled his friend during a bout of diarrhhea. I'd say the closest sound to Aphex is Global Goon, Bogdan Racynziski, Squarepusher, and Autechre. All of those groups have put out some decent material.

    But, to paraphrase The AV Club from The Onion - they seem to lack an "internal logic" that James has.

    And many of James' biggest fans will be the first to admit that some of his stuff is hit or miss. For me, there's a lot more hits than misses though.
     
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    Brian,

    I'd like to think it's true. Here's a snippet from the All Music Guide:

     
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    ah...a RDJ thread. what a nice surprise.

    First of all, Mike, I greatly encourage you to first check out Selected Ambient Works 85-92. It is probably one of my most prized possesions. At the time when I bought it, in 93, it was terribly hard to find. I had to go to BPM in San Francisco and paid well... I digress. (this was pre internet).

    Anyway, back to the topic of this thread. I am sort of mixed on Drukqs. Some of the Satie-like nocturnes and quieter numbers really appeal to me (yes, I was one of the 10 people who like SAW2) and other drill and bass acid wacked weirdness were okay.

    I will probably pick up 26 Mixes, if, for no other reason, Richard's take on SyncSwim by 808state. (the uncredited "mix" track on disc 2).

    Aphex Twin is such a tough artist to like....some of his stuff is damn near unlistenable (ventolin) but there are superb gems hidden on b-sides and rare tracks (flim, IZ-Us, Analog Bubblebath 5, now that is hard to get.)
     
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    Jason, Mezzanine is also the one Massive Attack album I have.

    I'll keep Aphex Twin in my mind the next time I hit a record store.
     
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    [​IMG] Jesus H. Christ! You both need to get Blue Lines right now. Run out of your house and buy it. Mezzanine is my favourite album of all time, but BL is right behind. Protection is also superb but easily the least of the 3. And 100th Window a rather distant 4.
     
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    Blue Lines is the new album right? I have protection and mezzanine...i'll have to pick that up soon then....

    Have you guys had a listen to UNKLE or AIR? i think they have worthyness of a listen...

    Definately Hooverphonic and Red Snapper...
     
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    Blue Lines was the first one, so it went

    Blue Lines
    Protection
    No Protection (its a dub remix thing)
    Mezzanine
    Singles box (11 cds or 12"s of all the singles to that point)
    100th Window

    As for 26 Mixes, its just nice having them all together on two discs that, should the car get nicked or I leave them somewhere, its going to be possible to replace them. I've got about half of them already, but spread across stacks of things.

    I do question some of the choices, though. The Jesus Jones track isn't half as good as the other one he did of it (leaving aside the fact that the Liam Howlett mix is better than either), and similiarly the inclusion of Your Head My Voice by Saint Etienne, rather than Who Do You Think You Are is an odd thing to do.
     
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    All you Massive Attackers get yer own thread ! !

    [​IMG]
     
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    I'm another one that was not disappointed in Drukqs. I haven't got the Mixes cd yet, but it's on my to-get list. Great places to start with Aphex Twin :
    I agree with both
    Selected Ambient Works 85-92 &

    Richard D. James
    (which should be included in anyones music collection.)

    As far as the making his own instruments topic. I was under the impression, he kind re-worked alot of electronics. e.g. old Korg, Moog boards, video games (he uses an old Defender game "hyperspace" sound on a few tracks and it's not a sample), blenders, and other assorted electronics. I think he went back on the fact that he built these machines from the ground up. Still, the guy is an important & creative artist not to be missed.
     

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