This article appeared on our sister-site THUMP this morning. We were too excited about Mr. Richard D. James' new release and had to share the window lickin' news. For more on Aphex Twin, revisit our past documentary on his remote orchestra.
Aphex Twin is back. And in typical Richard D. James fashion, he's leaving a mysterious trail of hacker-style breadcrumbs with clues about his next studio album—the first since Drukqs was released in 2001. This morning, he unleashed his first tweet in two years:
That URL, only accessible on the deep web network TOR, leads to a website (mirrored here) where the skeleton of a tracklist is listed, followed by web analytics. Buried in the source code is repeated mentions of the word "Syro"—the supposed name of James' upcoming album.
Scroll to the very bottom of that website, and you'll receive another classic Aphex Twin joke. SURPRISE!
A revealed tracklist with titles and BPMs has also been shared across the web. This is the most IDM tracklist we have ever seen.
1. minipops 67 (source field mix)
2. XMAS_EVET10 (thanaton3 mix)
3. produk 29
4. 4 bit 9d api+e+6
6. CIRCLONT6A (syrobonkus mix)
7. fz pseudotimestretch+e+3
8. CIRCLONT14 (shrymoming mix)
9. syro u473t8+e (piezoluminescence mix)
10. PAPAT4 (pineal mix)
11. s950tx16wasr10 (earth portal mix)
Other clues have been floating around the IRL sphere too—literally. A blimp with Aphex Twin's logo was seen floating around London this morning.
And a stencil of his logo was spotted on the sidewalk in New York City.
Oh Richard, we've missed you!
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