Today, Aphex Twin:
I’m imagining most of the people reading this have at least indirectly been exposed to Aphex Twin at some point in their lives, but in case you haven’t, it’s one of those universally influential acts most famous people in the music industry state they’ve been influenced by that never really achieved massive success, sort of like a Velvet Underground for EDM fans. Now, generally speaking, when people want to show someone Aphex Twin for the first time, they go with either “Come to Daddy” or “Window Licker” as the default choice, since they’re really accessible, but let’s be reasonable here: the majority of Aphex Twin isn’t really meant to be accessible, and that’s why Richard D James (the man behind the music) isn’t a household name unless you’re, basically, into the same sort of music I am.
As such, I decided to go with “Start As You Mean To Go On,’ from I Care Because You Do, because as an album this is probably the most middle-of-the-road out of his more commonly available works, and this song, I think, shows that James can do a lot with a little. There’s not a lot to the song in terms of raw sample usage, but the juxtaposition between the flowing synth and hard drum effects is interesting, and there’s a lot more going on here than in songs that are far more heavily produced.