Aphex Twin's Drukqs Do Work
Author: Jonty Adderley
Friday, November 2, 2001
"Drukqz comes in just two varieties," said Dorian Lynskey. "Pretty Philip Glass minimalism and beat-mangling drill & bass; officially the world's least favourite dance sub-genre."
The record, in fact, does consist of a large number of classical style piano pieces mixed alongside 200+ bpm electronica style tracks, some of which are distinctly unlistenable. Whether this will affect longer terms sales seems unlikely, though, since James appears to have become electronic music's equivalent of Stephen Hawkings, the philosopher and writer. Just as Hawkins's multi-million selling book, A Brief History Of Time, was bought by thousands and read by few, so Drukqs looks certain to grace more shelves than the inside of CD players.
5 tracks from the new album; 'Jynweythek', 'Avril 14th', 'Meltphace 6', 'Taking Control' and 'Nanou 2' are also available now as MP3s through his official website (also on the Warp site).
http://www.drukqs.net (official Aphex Twin site)
http://www.hawking.org.uk (Stephen Hawking- a Brief History Of Time)