Chosen Lords CD
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The lengthy hiatus that followed Richard D James 2001 Drukqs album led many to believe the veteran switch-doctor had gone into early retirement. Last years Analord series - forty-one vinyl-only tracks spread over eleven volumes, collected together in a special binder reinstated his reputation as technologically advanced shaman (of sorts) and stellar purveyor of acid-drenched basslines, floor-slaying electro and bewildering polyrhythms. On Chosen Lords, James brings together the best of that series, reworking and re-sequencing the fibrous strands of electro, acid and techno to create a mesmerizing tapestry rather than a dry collection of individual vignettes. Though the material is new, Chosen Lords sounds like a retrospective of all the various shape-shifting James has tried his hand at over the years. Its not his best work by any means but it serves to further highlight his individuality and show theres plenty of life in the AFX name yet. --Paul Sullivan
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Thats not to say that this is straight forward listening - there is still much to to admire about the dexterity of RDJ's rhythmic and conceptual maneuvers. But what most impresses here is the sheer purity of RDJ's vision, uniting every strand of house, techno, ambient and electronica, consolodating their individual strengths into one indestructible rhythm.
Its worth remembering that this is the artist who was able to deliver us from the mundaneties of dance music's inumerable little genres and blend the whole into a coherent, spectral form back in the late 80's and early 90's and in that context Chosen Lords stands as a reminder of just how unique a sound RDJ has crafted for himself over the years.
That inimitable analog rush returned full force with the Analord series of EPs, of which 'Chosen Lords' is a selection. The Analords are arguably James's best work, fusing the home-made acid rasp of his earliest singles with all the compositional and programming nous he's accumulated since.
'Chosen Lords' is maybe slightly stingy at 10 tracks -- not even 1 per disc (in fact only 7 of the 11 are represented, although they were all excellent) -- but it's still wonderful music. Don't be at all surprised if 'Chosen Lords 2' comes along fairly soon.
That said, this was one of the best releases of the year. Where as Autechre go further in the realms of abstractness and humourless detachment in pursuit of sound art. AFX has ultimately reminded us that electronic music needn't be something as dry and disparagingly uncompromising.
What we have here, and is indeed, indicative of the Analord series as a whole, is a collection of fun, positive, quirky, and extremely melodic well composed acid tracks. Whilst not pushing boundaries or using his talents to textural extremities as once before; I think we all know James has absolutely nothing to prove on this score, and by regressing back to his analogue equipment further indicates, a renewal that he's less about wanting to baffle, and more concerned with having fun being the general top class composer that he is and in the current climate of Warp/IDM music in general; this is a gasp of fresh acid air.
Some of his more obscure offerings need a lot of input from the listener and is certainly not for the 'lite' musical customer.
I have found that some of his more accessible works, specifically selected ambient works 85-92 are highly satisfying whilst not being too synaptically challenging.
Some of his darker stuff like selected works vol II (8 minutes of attenuated ping-pong ball sounds anyone) require a certain mood to be truly taken for what they are.
I bought Chosen Lords sight unseen, the promises of acid flip-flopping was too much to resist.
Wow! First listen and I am there, up tempo drums, weird time signature, bizarre acid riffs that almost reach the point of sounding like roboticised vocals.
I am completely suckered in by this compilation, quite simply every track is a stand-out, absolute top-shelf RDJ.
I cannot recommend this highly enough, I used to recommend 85-92 as a starting off point for those dipping their toes into the complex world of Aphex Twin but now I guide them to Chosen Lords, it is simply, in my opinion, his best work to date.
Not bad for a best-of compilation, eh?
I have all his cd's, and no Richard D. James-music has ever sounded this good. Was really surprised by this one, hope he keeps going in this direction with the production-quality, it makes his brilliant music sound even more brilliant.
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It's not my cup of tea but I bought it for my Son who really loves it
So well worth buying.
Once again a reminder that for analogue twisted glitch and programing madness Mr James shows the way in many respects. Read morePublished on 16 May 2009 by Amazon customer
I don't own any of the Analord series so this seems a worthy buy to me. Although it is I suppose a compilation I think other electronic musicians take note. Read morePublished on 17 May 2006 by Westcountry reviews by
The gorgeous selection here from the 'Analord' series is Richard D James on form. Its suprising that the spell-binding 'Where's Your Girlfriend? Read morePublished on 7 April 2006