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The first album from Aphex Twin in 13 years, Syro
Triple vinyl version on 140-gram vinyl with free MP3 download included
"Sixty-five minutes of highly melodic, superbly arranged, precisely mixed, texturally varied electronic music." — Pitchfork
"James' talents haven't dulled in the least." — Rolling Stone
"Some of the most inviting music we've ever heard from this enigmatic and occasionally inscrutable producer" ... "flows and burbles through an elegantly paced five minutes, it serves as a refresher of just how many electronic artists have picked up cues from James in the years he's been silent." — New York Magazine
A solid piece of work by one of the innovators of the electronic genre. Thirteen years passed between Drukqs and Syro, the fifth and sixth Aphex Twin albums. The long stretch, however, wasn't short on new material from composer and producer Richard D. James. From 2005 through early 2014, the frequently dazzling Analord EPs (all but one of which was credited to AFX), an EP and LP as the Tuss, and a liberated Caustic Window LP all reached the public.
In August 2014, a nylon Aphex blimp — not quite as immense as the S.O.S. Band's presumably decommissioned aircraft, yet transfixing nonetheless — was spotted over London, and the following month, Syro arrived on Warp.
"Syro is anchored by rotund and agile basslines that zip and glide, and it's decked in accents and melodies that are lively even at their most distressed. It also flows easily, a notion epitomized by the sequencing of 'XMAS_EVET10 [Thanaton3 Mix]' and 'Produk 29,' where a mesmerizing combination of snaking low-end synthesizers (10:31, not 12:24 in length) is trailed by an avant-rap body mover that bears some resemblance to Dabrye's lithe and sprightly early releases.
"Components of certain tracks, like the squiggled Mr. Fingers spin-cycle bassline in '4 bit 9d api+e+6' and scrambled rhythms of 'CIRCLONT6A (Syrobonkus Mix),' make the album seem like a bright progression from the Analord releases. Apart from the straight-ahead slamming drums in '180db_,' the most striking aspect of Syro is the funkiness of its synthesizers relative to James' previous output. His playing here is far too fidgety to be grafted onto the likes of 'You Dropped a Bomb on Me,' 'You're the One for Me,' and 'Just Be Good to Me,' though some of the lines in, uh, the title cut, have that grimace-triggering quality." — AllMusic
|1. Minipops 67 [Source Field Mix] [aka The Manchester Track]|
|2. XMAS_EVET10 [Thanaton3 Mix]|
|3. Produk 29|
|4. 4 Bit 9d api+e+6|
|2. CIRCLONT6A [Syrobonkus Mix]|
|3. Fz pseudotimestretch+e+3|
|4. CIRCLONT14 [Shrymoming Mix]|
|1. Syro u473t8+e [Piezoluminescence Mix]|
|2. PAPAT4 [Pineal Mix]|
|3. S950tx16wasr10 [Earth Portal Mix]|