When I was in high school, I thought I was some sort of stoned philosopher. Talking about reptilian minds and shit, I used this album as my portal to higher consciousness and advanced stonerism. I worshipped the fuck out of this record, so much so that I camped out by the Twin's tour bus, because my friend Stang made me miss his first appearance in DC. Anyway, usually whenever I travel back to that phase, most things make me want to vomit. Floor scrubbing jeans, check. Phillies blunts shirts, check. H-cut ecstasy, check. Rocking clothes with 8 Balls on em, check. Dirty rave boderline-hippy chicks, check. BUT, the thing about this album is that I still worship it. From day one, I declared this one of the records I would take onto that mystical desert island, and I still would (along with the Queen is Dead and Loveless, so tacky). In my mind it's the best electronic album ever. The first track "Xtal" is as close to heaven you'll get through a walkman. "Ptolemy" is breakbeat driven lush. "We Are the Music Makers" is my dubby buddy. Some tracks are outright strange, and will rewire parts of your brain. 13 tracks spread over 2LPs, official repress. Recommended.
- music label: Apollo/R&S Records 1992 / 2013
reviewed by the mgmnt
kicking off our new #TTLessentials series with a unanimous Lab favorite:⠀ ⠀ Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 was released in 1992 by R&S offshoot Apollo after Richard D. James had just two singles to his name (Analogue Bubblebath 1 & 2). SAW85-92 is a world away from from James’ frenetic later work but the RDJ pedigree is fully intact. with the exception of “I”, SAW85-92 contains very little of what we would classify as ambient (SAW Volume II is much more true to its name). showcased instead are RDJ’s early experiments in ethereal rave (“Xtal”, “Heliosphan”), Detroit-inspired electro (“Ptolemy”, “Delphium”) and early IDM (“Actium”, “Schottky 7th Path”). still making us misty-eyed after 25 years, we’ve yet to come across anything quite like it. essential listening. ╲➸link to buy in bio╲ #AphexTwin #SelectedAmbientWorks @randsrecords