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The first thing to consider when buying this EP is who the artist is. I don'y believe The Tuss really is Brian Tregaskin. I am a believer in the theory that it is in fact another pseudonym created by Richard D. James (Aphex Twin). The obscure style (although it is slightly different in this EP), the Rephlex label (a recorded company co-founded by Richard) and the use of a Yamaha GX-1. Track 3 "GX1 Solo" uses a Yamaha GX1 which is a very rare instrument, only 13 are known to exist outside Japan, only a couple known to exist in the UK. And as this Album is from a UK musician and Richard D James is one of the few who possess such an instrument, I'd say it's safe to say it's Aphex Twin. Some of The Tuss tracks are credited to "James Richard David" on the BMI website, and as they deal with legal rights holders, I'd say again that it's safe to assume this is Aphex Twin.
Now that's over, the music on the EP is gorgeous, my favourite being GX1 Solo. The drums on the first two tracks are beautifully hectic and the tracks feature some gorgeous melodies. If you are a fan of Acid Electronic music then this is for you, but only for a big fan. If you are an Aphex Twin fan, this is definitely for you, for both the ace music and the mystery! Who knows, it might not be RDJ...but it probably is.
The CD comes packaged in a clear see through jewel case, no artwork. Just a small label on the front with a picture of some sheep on British hills, most likely in Devon or Cornwall. The label features the Rephlex logo and the track list and Catalogue number. A similar looking label is stuck onto the otherwise clear CD. The only other feature being the CAT number etched onto the inner side of the bottom of the disc.
RDJ presumably wants the fans to appreciate the music and not his brand image, good on him for keepin' it real if this is the case!