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APHEX TWIN - Drukgs - CD - Warp Records

review by: Matt Smith

Richard D. James has done it again. The man who pioneered "intelligent techno" (and, as far as I know, is still its only practitioner) has come out with one more great release.

Drukgs as a whole is much mellower than many of the other things James has come out with. It is like a synthesis of the ambient sessions and his traditional "broken beats." Although he leaves the beats out of most of the two-CD set, he's included a couple of great examples with "Vordhosbn," "54 Cymrv Beats," and others.

Most of Drukgs is relatively slow. There are a few synth solos that really set the mood of the album - slow, melodic, and a bit sad. James has continually impressed me with his incredible musical ability and I've never been disappointed by anything he's ever done, really. This album is no different. He's got some interesting beats and beautiful harmonies as well as some discord and crazy use of sampling that makes you remember exactly whose work you're listening to. Nobody else could sound like Aphex Twin, and James' genius along with this originality is exactly what makes Drukgs an outstanding work.

 

 

 

ISSUE 6
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-D)  (D-I)  (I-L)  (L-R)  (R-T)  (V-W)

ANDROMEDA
Extension of th

APHEX TWIN
Drukgs

BENEDICTION
Organized Chaos

CHAOS AS SHELTE...
Midnight Prayer

DARK FORTRESS
Tales from Eter

DARK FUNERAL
Diabolis Interi

DARKTHRONE
Plague Wielder

DEATH
Live in L.A.

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