Drukqs is Aphex Twin's peak. Sure, his earlier albums were beautiful in their respective styles (SAW1&2 are goat ambient albums), but this shit is uncharted territory. It's like the genuine feeling of discovering something alien and exciting for the first time. What did you feel when listening to Drukqs for the first time and subsequent times?
The closest thing I've heard in terms of hyperdetailed breaks-y stuff is probably Squarepusher's Ultravisitor. Also similar in the fact that it intersperses "acoustic" tracks with electronic ones I guess. Not many other releases come to mind in all.
It isn't Aphex's peak. Windowlicker was his peak in relevancy and SAW2 was his peak in quality. Everything after those milestones is declining into less interesting melodies and styles.
that period from 95-98 was good in a diff way tho, most of it was fresh as fuck still
drukqs was a bit too self referential for me but i still dug it because of the build on everything
I was vaguely familiar with Aphex Twin, but when Kanye sampled him it made me want to listen.
It's garbage, the only good part about the album is the last few seconds of Avril 14
Gotta agree with this. How is Drukqs pronounced, Drugs, Druks or Drug Use?
Also SAW1 is actually not that good. Some of the tracks sound so dated, and not in a retro nostalgic way. ICBYD is underappreciated for sure, and is my second favs of his.
can we talk about how certain soundcloud tracks really should have been on official releases in place of other chosen tracks?
such as this
should have been in place of Green Calx imo (not a bad song per se but hands down the most unfitting and weakest track on SAW)
I think it's Druks, it even says on the wiki i think.
Dunno, I'm very fond of it, maybe it's the nostalgia. But it's his only album that made it to the "100 albums to listen to before you die" list (or was it 1000)