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So the reviews are out and they're all over the board on this one. So let's address the points of the current reviews of Drukqs? Yes, Richard D. James made the decision not to release any further material after his last record, yet has now wrapped up his contract with Warp with the release of Drukqs. It's a 30-track disc that may not break any new ground for the artist and the album is an ever bizarre and tough set of tracks that bounces from his familiar cut-up drill -n-bass to the classically structured and borderline new age sounding tracks. The emotional roller coaster it leads you down can be downright scary and it may let down those that are expecting something fresh but realistically, how long can an artist continue to break new ground? Why must he keep us on our toes forever?

In the larger scope of music, electronic and beyond, Aphex Twin can still be considered cutting edge and sound unlike anything you've experienced before and it's really up to the new breed of artists to carry his torch and add to his sound. This criteria is one way to judge this album but if you can put that aside, you'll find Drukqs is a wicked release full of his trademark insanity and complex programming that truly combines the best of his past releases. The extreme amount detail given to the rapid fire editing is astounding and the melancholic piano and accordion work is downright beautiful. Don't go into it expecting something new and instead consider it as a fine example of everything that Aphex Twin has thankfully created for us in the past. Perhaps this should be his perfect final album? -JH

Justin Hardison

Track Listing:

Disc 1
1.Jynweythek Ylow
4.Omgyiya Switch 7
5.Strotha Tynhe
6.Gwely Mernans
8.Cock/Ver 10
9.Avril 14th
10.St. Saint Michel Mix + Saint Michaels Mount
12.Orban Eq Trx 4
14.Hy A Scullyas Lyf A Dhagrow
15.Kesson Daslef

Disc 2
1.54 Cymru Beats
4.Penty Harmonium
5.Meltphace 6
6.Bit 4
7.Prep Gwarlek 3b
9.Taking Control
10.Petiatil CX Htdui
11.Ruglen Holon
12.Afx237 v7
13.Ziggomatic v17
15.Nanou 2

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