AFX - Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008

by paul_guyet Rating:8 Release Date:2015-08-21

I hope this deluge of material from Richard D James doesn't foreshadow his leaving the planet. I could very honestly see him building his own rocket and departing our galaxy.
After the recent explosion of music from James, posted on Soundcloud, for free, under an alias, one might think he was running out of stuff to share, or, perhaps, that people were maybe a bit fatigued by his sudden and overwhelming generosity. One would be wrong.

James has returned, once again, this time under his AFX moniker, to deliver orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008. Like most of his work as AFX, there's a different feel from his work as Aphex Twin, discernibly him but... not. Sorry for the vagueness, but If I try too hard to quantify the work of Mr. James, reality starts to get fuzzy around the edges. 

The whole thing is hypnotizing, evolving from rigid yet somehow gelatinous electric impulses punctuated and batted about by old school drum machines ("bonus EMT beats" being comprised solely of said drum machines until the last forty seconds or so) to more outlandish offerings. Imagine listening to sound being projected through a parking structure made of edible foam. Starting just over halfway through the 27-minute EP, things get very interesting; "midi pipe1c sds3time cube/klonedrm"* sounding like something from Analogue Bubblebath IV or the blind, idiot pipers floating around Azathoth in the chaotic nightmare depths of space. Things wrap up with the somewhat tropical feel of "r8m neotek beat", a more mellow ending than I would have expected from this.

The most notable aspect of orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008, for me, is the clarity of sound: every nanobeat is crackling and present, forcing itself into the listener's brain. So much of James' AFX work is a digital copy** of the original vinyl and everything has that pervasive, vacant hiss,*** and it's a miracle to hear AFX without it. Needless to say, fans of Aphex Twin should give this a listen; it's cold and bright and pure James.
Keep the new shit coming, you lunatic.  

* No, not a cover of the infectious new Taylor Swift single of the same name.

** Of a copy of a copy of a copy...etc.

*** At one point, during the intro of "NEOTEKT72", that same hiss is present and it feels oddly comforting.

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