Aphex Twin Makes Rare U.S. Festival Appearance, Sells Mysterious New Record

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Aphex Twin performs on stage during day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival at the Grande Halle de La Villette on Oct. 28, 2011 in Paris. 

Aphex Twin will never be confused with Santa Claus, though like Father Christmas he’s wrapped in mystery, rarely seen and he has been handing out gifts in late December. 

The veteran electronic music producer made a rare live U.S. appearance on the weekend for Houston's Day for Night festival. And to mark the occasion, he released a new record.

The 12” recording was sold at the merch desk and appears to be an old-school plain-packaged white label, stamped with logos for Warp Records, Aphex Twin and Day for Night, along with the festival’s date and location: "Houston, TX 12.17.16."  


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A snippet of an untitled minimal track said to appear on the record has been posted online.  

Aphex Twin ended a long, silent sequence with the release of his Syro album in 2014, followed by the Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP in 2015.  His Day for Night bonus follows the seven-track Cheetah EP which dropped in July of this year. 

Richard D. James is booked for a string of 2017 European dates including Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and London’s Field Day Festival.

The leftfield British artist broke an eight-year U.S. drought with his performance Saturday night in Texas. See fan-shot footage below.