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Drukqs [VINYL] [Box set, Limited Edition]

Aphex Twin Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (22 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B00005QJH7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 614,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Drukqs is the 2001 release from Cornish Techno wizard Richard D James aka the Aphex Twin. Deified in the sphere of experimental dance--partly for his indisputable sporadic genius, but partly, it must be said, for his bullish refusal to play the whole "releasing records" game, and the subsequent mythology that such contrariness invariably prompts--every new release is greeted like it's the future of music on plastic. Drukqs is not that album, at least not quite: a 30-track double CD set that runs to over 100 minutes in length, it reads like a hastily-compiled joy-ride through the old Aphex countryside, full-on acid junglist scorchers like "Vord Hosbn" barrelling madly past serene, oddly beautiful ambient piano curiosities like "Avril 14th" and sometimes the two disparate disciplines blending, as in the truly surreal wreckage of "Mt Saint Michel + St Michaels Mount". It's a minor disappointment when you realise there's nothing here as epochal as "Come To Daddy" or "Windowlicker", two late-period Aphex singles so startlingly revolutionary that, on their release, they sounded like nothing else on God's good earth. But once that's out the way, and you're free to immerse yourself in the tangled depths of Drukqs, it's simply a relief to know that Aphex is still making music: fiendishly complex, lovably dumb, and still aeons ahead of the legion of imitators. --Louis Pattison

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very special edition of Drukqs 18 Oct 2004
Drukqs is one of Richard D. James' best albums, but then most of his other work is exceptional, so comparisons aren't too helpful. The only Aphex album which I have no trouble placing above Drukqs is Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, but that's another review (possibly).
This is certainly his most varied work, and that has caused some to dislike/misunderstand the album since it has an eclectic mix of drill'n'bass, Aphex beats, ambience and something new, his piano works, all of which understandably could prove frustrating. Upon my first few listens I thought that the intense stuff should have been separated from the piano and ambience onto the two separate discs, but continuing to come back to this brilliant music has made me realise that Aphex did indeed hit upon the correct track order, as it makes the album work as, well, an album in the traditional sense - a musical journey - rather than just a collection of tracks.
I remember reading somewhere that the attraction of Richard D. James' music is that in every track, even his most brutally intense, there is a hidden beauty somewhere, and I firmly believe this to be true. You can hear it in spades on this album, perhaps more than any other, with the exception of SAWII which overflows with beauty. The piano tracks are truly sublime, Avril 14th in particular being incredibly moving. Programming piano tracks to this level of emotional involvement, without any traditional musical knowledge or the ability to read music, takes a rare talent.
So what makes this special vinyl edition so special? At Richard D. James' request 1000 copies of the LP were pressed by RTI, a pressing plant based in California. Put simply, RTI press the best vinyl on the planet, and this makes a massive difference to this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 7 Oct 2001
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This is a God sent for any DJ's who like to play off the wall sets. The songs have no melody, no steady rhythm and no sense of what they are doing what so ever. Yet almost all of the songs here are fantastic.
Having this on vinyl is essential for any DJ - the songs are mixable and strangely will go with almost anything that's even cheesy dance.
This is a perfect mix for a set at a rave or an acid-techno party and it's also one you can just wap on the stereo at the end of the day and chill out with. Anyone who knows Aphex Twin will realise what I mean but if you don't then to be honest I wouldn't reccomend buying this first - buy I care because you do or Surfing on Sine Waves. That said any fan of acid-techno will love this. I can only say that it is a worth while buy. DJ's get your credit cards ready!
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