13 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After an extended absence, electronica pioneer Aphex Twin re-emerged with the dense rhythms and intricate melodies of 2014’s justly celebrated Syro. As the follow-up to a long-awaited comeback album, the rigorously conceptual Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 seems at first like a typically perverse move, with Aphex mastermind Richard D. James stripping away the musical richness of Syro for a series of stark miniatures built around clattering drumkits and clanking pianos. While this might sound like a recipe for egghead electronic music at its most austere, the results occasionally have the gorgeous but haunted quality of his celebrated ambient releases. And the best tracks are often strangely funky, faintly recalling grimy vintage hip-hop, polyrhythmic postpunk, and old-school Chicago house.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After an extended absence, electronica pioneer Aphex Twin re-emerged with the dense rhythms and intricate melodies of 2014’s justly celebrated Syro. As the follow-up to a long-awaited comeback album, the rigorously conceptual Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 seems at first like a typically perverse move, with Aphex mastermind Richard D. James stripping away the musical richness of Syro for a series of stark miniatures built around clattering drumkits and clanking pianos. While this might sound like a recipe for egghead electronic music at its most austere, the results occasionally have the gorgeous but haunted quality of his celebrated ambient releases. And the best tracks are often strangely funky, faintly recalling grimy vintage hip-hop, polyrhythmic postpunk, and old-school Chicago house.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

JcSanHusky ,

Don't let others decide what's for you and what's not

I had been listened the Syro album for a while and it didn't click on me. I had listened to this EP only two times and found it more enjoyable than Syro. So preview this album and decide if you like it or not. Don't let other says that this EP is "for ultra superfans only", they might be wrong.

lazesummerstone ,

Dismantling of a track

I don't think people are realizing what we have here- but this is actually "Diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13" and then pieces of all the instruments and layers that went into making that track.
The track: "Piano un10 it happened" might also be a stand-alone track, but it could also be mixed in somewhere in the lead track.
So basically you get 1 actual track- but it's cool that the different elements can stand on their own.

K2 Investment Properties of OH ,

Computer controlled acoustic instuments

If I think this is what I think it is then WOW.

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