Wednesday, April 09, 2003

I bought Aphex Twin's 26 Mixes for Cash last week. I've finally given it a good listen. Somewhat surprising it's taken so long, since I have always been a big Aphex fan. The album compiles 26 of his mixes on two cds. This is almost, but not quite, every mix he has done. I had already heard or owned about half of them. They come from all eras of Aphex Twin's career, from the early industrial of Mescalinum United's 'We Have Arrived' to recent tracks by Nobukazu Takemura and Phillip Boa & The Voodoo Club, which are much in a wigged out drum'n'bass style. All the mixes are good, and some are great, like the Gavin Bryars' 'Raising the Titanic' mix and the absolutely fantastic techno mix of Curve's 'Falling Free'. It's a good reminder that, at his best, Aphex Twin is better than anybody else.