Richard D. James took 13 years between albums before releasing last year’s muso-electronic bubblebath Syro (see our 100 Best Albums of 2014). Less remarked upon during Aphex Twin‘s long absence was a similar drought in EPs; after selected aughties works that included the mid-’00s Analord single series and a couple of 2007 records as the Tuss, the elusive producer even stopped releasing non-album, non-Aphex Twin material (at least, that we know of). That’s about to change this month with a new EP.
James announced today he’ll release Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 on January 23 via Warp. Despite being billed as an EP, the set contains 13 tracks. While the existence of fresh Aphex Twin material isn’t exactly a surprise — James shared dozens of tracks in an interview last fall, and he has long claimed to have thousands more where those came from — the rapid return from one of electronic music’s leading figures is still an extremely welcome one.
The artwork and tracklist are below, and you can pre-order it via Bleep; little other detail is available just yet (Pt1 must still be in the vaults?). Scroll down to hear Syro‘s “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix].”
Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 (January 23, Warp)
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