- Portrait of the artist as a young maestro: Aphex Twin's giving his fans a treasure trove of free unreleased music.
As could be reasonably expected with tracks uploaded at this clip (two to four per hour seems to be the average), the quality varies wildly, with many pieces coming in around a minute long and consisting of simple rhythmic experimentations or acid bass workouts. There are some more fleshed-out pieces that demand attention from gear-heads and 'Phex fanatics, however, showing differently-angled approaches to some of James' most critically-lauded works (Hangable Auto Bulb, Selected Ambient Works 85-92, etc). Below are a few early highlights:
Beatific synth pads, aerobic acid lines and cheesy early 90's breakbeats: this was the AFX pupa that became the Aphex butterfly.
A funky, twinkly little slice tribal trip hop, with those ricocheting Eastern-flavored chord progressions our man's so fond of.
Munchkin melodies, soaring synth strings and percussion that toes the line between crunching metal and low-level flatulence. In other words, quintessential early Aphex.
For people of a certain disposition, this is the music equivalent of discovering an unreleased Kubrick film or Kafka story. As of today the Soundcloud page shows no sign of slowing down.