Aphex Twin: MARCHROMT30a Edit 2b 96 (LP, Warp, April 2015)

The first of Aphex’s recent flurry of releases (proper releases, that is, I can’t begin to digest all the soundcloud stuff) which really made me go ‘meh’ in the style of a proper old-skool odds-and-sods sort-of-meh Aphex 12″. The title track, which was a bonus track on the Japanese version of last year’s Syro, is a wheezing thing of stuttering beats and distorted vocals: it’s okay, but it’s weaker than the rest of that album and I think leaving it off was the right call. Next up is a remix of the album’s second track, XMAS_EVET10 [120] [thanaton3 mix]. That was very much in the “lovely bloopy ambient techno” section of the record, and appears here in a stripped down fashion as XMAS_EVET1 N: it seems to have most of the same elements (which is a bit weird, his remixes being frequently unrecognizable) but it uses fewer of them at once… to be honest, it sounds thin by comparison and I don’t think it’s very interesting. The final track is a remix of the first, it’s called MARCHROMT38 fast, and it does pretty much what it says on the tin, sounding suspiciously like the title track played at 45 instead of 33: it’s probably the most fun here, although in this context it does end up sounding sort of hurried.

I bought this from Bleep.

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