A friend of mine recently stated that hearing a new Aphex Twin record for the first time is always a special experience, which is quite possibly one of the most true statements I’ve heard in a long time. That doesn’t mean that every single time is going to be an absolutely mind-blowing, life changing activity, but it certainly is always unique, mostly due to the face that Mr. Richard D James doesn’t follow any rulebooks. This is music by a man whom sets himself no boundaries, which in turn have led to his releasing of some of the most fantastic Electronica compositions of our time. Seriously, just put on the ‘Come To Daddy EP‘, ‘Syro‘ or his now-iconic ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92‘ if you need proof to back back up our statement.
So, on release day, I fired up my turntables, poured myself a drink and sat back to listen to ‘Collapse‘, the new five track EP from Aphex Twin and I have to say, it was an experience as I expected. It’s just that this time around, it didn’t resonate me as much as much of his stunning back-catalogue of releases.
This is not to say that ‘Collapse’ is not an extremely well produced body of work. Quite the opposite in fact. From an purely production point of view, this is a clean, concise body of works that keeps the name Aphex Twin at the top spot of the Electronica scene worldwide. Yet when all is said and done, this is not his finest release to date.
That said though, even a middling release from this great man stands head and shoulders above pretty much everything else.