Aphex Twin has dropped a batch of previously unheard tracks via his “user18081971” Soundcloud, a platform the artist born Richard D. James has used for the last five years to unofficially release new productions. The username is an homage to James’ Aug. 18, 1971, birthday.
The six new tracks range from ambient output like “qu1” and “s8v1 [brooklyn]” to more melodic productions like “m11st lon.” Hear the new music below.
Along with the new music, James also recently published a note addressing the recent death of his father amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As first reported by Resident Advisor, the now-deleted note (which has been archived on Reddit) offers “huge heartfelt condolences to anyone grieving right now, I lost my father recently and it’s been really tough, it was not related to C19.”When you are presented with C19 statistics,” the note continues, “you must demand whether the figures reflect people who have died WITH C19 or FROM C19. Please do not forget this.
“When police carry out wishes from government, without any law being in place, you are living in a police state and it’s no longer a democracy. When you are held under house arrest and no crime has been committed, you are living in a police state and it is no longer a democracy. You didn’t think this could happen did you? Do you know what rights you could lose next, can you guess? You have been warned.”
Aphex Twin’s last official release was the 2018 Collapse EP. His last full-length album, Syro, won the 2015 Grammy for best dance/electronic album.