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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Aphex Twin Obscurities Mix Part II (02/04/2020)

Forgive me, I do not know a lot about Aphex Twin. I know that many people love or hate him. And I only know him from his world famous 'Windowlicker'. I bought the single, and still to this day the record makes me do things I've never done before. It's weird, it's quirky, and the video clip was so unique and different at the time: when it was released, I remember the whole world was talking about it. Talk of the town. Weird. And I do remember reading about Aphex Twin and how 'weird' he is. But truth be told, I know nothing about him. It seems that only 'Windowlicker' appealed to me, and nothing else.

Selectabwoy to the rescue. He is about to educate me, teach me the learnings of Aphex Twin. And I've got a lot to learn. His latest mix contains only records by Aphex Twin. According to the mix info, it's not as obscure as the previous mix he made, but listen to me if I say that this mix is kind of obscure. Can't imagine anything being more obscure than this. Super dark, edgy, and underground. And it's a mix that takes you on a journey. The wonderful inside of Aphex Twin. The inside of his mind.

This is what I was expecting. A fucked up mix. One that doesn't make any sense, and yet for dance lovers a must listen to mix. This hour long mix is just what you need to hear. It's got everything. And again, this is dark. Emotions galore! You will feel all kinds of feelings throughout this mix. So check it out, here's the tracklist:

01. AFX - Bit

02. AFX - Knievel

03. AFX - Lecce-Voltage Controlled Acoustic

04. AFX - SAW II un road shimmer

05. Q-Chastic - Cat002

06. AFX - Kids Beach

07. AFX - Cat00897-Aa1

08. Aphex Twin - Flaphead

09. Polygon Window - Quoth (Hidden Mix)

10. Aphex Twin - Ventolin (Probus Mix)

11. Caustic Window - Italic Eyeball

12. AFX - .215061

13. Polygon Window - UTI-Dot

14. Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy (Little Lord Faulteroy Mix)

15. AFX - Sloth

16. Aphex Twin - Grey Stripe

17. AFX - .38

18. Aphex Twin - Meltphace 6

19. AFX - Trojan.KILLAV.E

20. Caustic Window - Afx 114

21. Aphex Twin - Phlange Phace

22. Universal Indicator - Green - 03 (Untitled)

23. Aphex Twin - Wax The Nip

24. Aphex Twin - White Blur II

25. Caustic Window - Clayhill Dub

26. AFX - Analogue Bubblebath 3 - CD Only Track 1

27. Aphex Twin - Matchsticks

I was expecting something quirky. Like extra dimensional. Something made in another universe, by some weird ass creature. A creature tied to a chain, being whipped by the alien species that controls it, whilst devouring organs from a cut-in-half human being with 24 testicles. And of course it has the face of Aphex Twin. But nothing like that, nothing that messed up. At certain times it was even soothing to listen to this mix. Calm and relaxed.

The focus of this mix is Techno, but it sometimes goes into different territories, like Acid, which makes this mix even more interesting. My perspective on Aphex Twin has slightly changed. But, and I must say this, I have not listened to Selectabwoy's first mix. I'm guessing it's darker and edgier, so I might change my perspective on Aphex Twin in the near future. But for now, I'm liking the stuff Selectabwoy has selected for this mix.

The flow is continuous and soothing. A real pleasure to my ears. Of course he had to go full ballistic at one stage, so around the 39 minute mark all hell breaks loose. And I get early Prodigy vibes. That Breakbeat sound I adore. Am I weird in saying that I hear Hardcore Techno influences in Aphex's music?

Best of the best has to be the record that starts around 53 minutes. After 53 minutes of pure intensity you are treated to an outer space experience. And the only thing you can do is to sit back, close your eyes, and let the sounds take your soul into this new dimension. I don't know what it is, but I felt a bit haunted, like something dark was about to happen. I picture this music being played when the end of the world is about to happen. Fuck me, this is emotional.

A wicked mix. Not what I was expecting. Or was it? I don't know, and we shouldn't really care. It's a banging mix. That's all that matters. I feel at ease now. I can dream peacefully. Thanks Selectabwoy.

DJ: Selectabwoy

Genre/Style: Techno

Mix Info: Aphex Twin Obscurities Mix Part II

Length Mix: 01:01:04

Tracks: 27 (twenty-seven)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 151 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: 44kHz

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