Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Vinyl)

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Originally released in 1992 on R&S Records offshoot Apollo, "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" marks the first full length studio album by Richard D. James under his Aphex Twin name. Considered a landmark release in ambient techno, it's easy to see why it has endured. Feathery keys, dreamy production and trickling rhythms are drenched over distant samples from sources as diverse as Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory ("We Are The Music Makers"), Robocop ("Green Calx") and ethereal female vocals on opener "Xtal". Arguably some of the most beautifully realised and majestic sounds of the revered musician's career. The album provided the blueprint for every electronica, downbeat and chill-out record for years after. This is just one of those classic electronica releases that every home should have; melodic, semi-ambient and musical, this is Richard James at his most accessible. Essential


Although I'm also fond of his more spastic, "drill 'n bass" work, Selected Ambient Works 85-92 is with little doubt my favorite album by Aphex Twin. Listening to this is like going to a different world, and it really puts me into a trance of sorts. As such this is also probably the best album to study/sleep/listen passively to, and that may sound like a bad thing, but ambient music doesn't get much better. I don't care if this isn't true ambient music. The fact that it has beats and is slightly danceable is probably what keeps it interesting. The other thing about this album is that even, though it's over an hour long, it's not at all a taxing listen. Again, I mean that in the best way possible. Choosing highlights is a hard task, but my favorites are probably the opener, Xtal and Ageispolis. The weak points, well there really are none. Is this ambient or electronica? Who cares? It's good music, and should appeal to fans of either genre, though most of them probably heard this long ago.

By: MoeHartman

A1 Xtal
A2 Tha
A3 Pulsewidth
B1 Ageispolis
B2 I
B3 Green Calx
B4 Heliosphan
C1 We Are The Music Makers
C2 Schottkey 7th Path
C3 Ptolemy
D1 Hedphelym
D2 Delphium
D3 Actium

Catalogue Number: AMBLP3922

Record Label: Apollo / R&S

This Vinyl repress uses the 2013 remasters made from the original DAT tapes cut by Matt Colton presented in the original artwork