Weirdos rejoice. The crown king of outsider beats has unlocked a door into his musical mind and BBC Radio 6 is your metaphorical key.
Aphex Twin‘s seven-track Cheetah EP is ambient, brooding, and compellingly nuanced. It was made on and titled in honor of the Cheetah MS800 synthesizer, an analog piece both fantastically rare and “notoriously … difficult” to program.
The tracks are either deliciously long or incredibly short, in standard Richard D. James fashion. “CHEETA1b ms800” and “CHEETA2 ms800” are nothing more than eery soundscapes running hardly longer than a minute. Definitely give the eight-minute “Cirklon3” a listen. It might be the grooviest of them all.
Cheetah is scheduled for official release at the end of this week. The exclusive stream from BBC Radio 6 runs 39 minutes, features wonderful narration by host Tom Robinson, and will remain available through the end of June.