Twenty-two years ago, self-proclaimed Expert Knob Twiddlers Aphex Twin and µ–Ziq came together in what we can only imagine was a dimly-lit studio full of analog synthesizers, electronic recording equipment, and computers the size of a mall to create some of the funkiest bleep-bloops the world had yet to experience.
Said bleeps and bloops didn’t see the light of day until two years later in 1996 when Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James mixed the works on his then-new Apple Mac computer. The tracks were released under the name Mike and Rich (which makes sense when you realize µ–Ziq’s real name is Mike Paradinas), the album was titled Expert Knob Twiddlers, and it was extremely dope.
So dope in fact, that 20 years later, the pair decided to clean up the old recordings, reorder the two-disc album, release it in higher def, and throw in seven previously unheard bonus tracks. While the gear it was made on would now be called primitive, the sounds themselves are as boundary pushing and danceable as they were 20 years ago. If you’re an avid Aphex fan or a lover of analog electronic music, this is one rerelease you just can’t miss. Grab it up via bandcamp.com, and listen to a choice track below.