If you happen to be a music fan who relies on music fanatics for guidance, there have likely been numerous times when the chatter feels so foreign and incomprehensible that you’re just left to yell at someone, “It’s like you’re speaking another language!” And this is one of those times. Observe:
“CIRCLONT6A [141.98]” (syrobonkus mix)“4 bit 9d api+e+6 [126.26]“ “XMAS_EVET10 ” (thanaton3 mix)
I can assure you that our HTML is top-notch and those are not broken hyperlinks. They are song titles, from what is certainly the most anticipated record of the past few months and, considering the lack of consensus front-runners, one of a handful of records that could possibly compete for 2014’s album of the year on critics’ lists. If you’ve figured out that I’m talking about Aphex Twin and recognized the above as the names of some of Syro’s hottest tracks, this probably isn’t the conversation for you. In all likelihood, you’ve already recognized and expounded upon the genius of Richard D. James’s first album as Aphex Twin1 in 13 years and will find many reviews to corroborate your sentiments; no self-respecting publication is going to give this assignment to a guy who’s crammed in two decades’ worth of Aphex Twin music for a two-day turnaround and is debating how Syro stacks up against the new Alt-J album.