100 Greatest Songs of the 2010’s #20 Aphex Twin – 5 Scorrier

Released: 2015

For a man who once claimed that one his albums was rush released because the MP3’s had been left on some hardware in the back of a taxi, Richard D. James had always been careful to preserve an air of mystery about his ways of working. This chaged with the release of Spiro and accompanying press cycle that came with it, in which the Cornishman revealed as much of himself as at any time in the last 20 years, debunking the myth that his entire catalogue had been recorded on kit soldered together.

The early 2015 activities of Soundcloud user18081971 had the same peculiar trail of coincidences, but this time an avalanche of material was being dumped on it for free. It didn’t take long to work out it was James, altruistically sharing decades worth of old recordings free to anyone who wanted them.

5 Scorrier was included in the mammoth cache clearing excercise and is arguably both it’s most harmonious episode and the closest the whole thing gets to the peerless joy of Selected Ambient Works 85-92, James’ utterly essential proto IDM anthology that  unquestionably had the most profound impact on electronic music since Kraftwerk’s Trans Europe Express.


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