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Aphex Twin Says to Expect More Than Just the Upcoming Album

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This time last week, people were searching for cryptic clues about a possible new album from Aphex Twin both in the skies over London and graffiti in the streets of New York — now Richard D. James is being downright forthcoming about his future plans.

The U.K. artist and producer behind Aphex Twin recently told Fader that working on ‘Syro‘ — James’ first full-length since 2001’s ‘Drukqs’ — kicked him “into gear” for a new period of creative output.

He also revealed that while many of the songs on the upcoming album are brand new compositions, some were written as long ago as 2007 and 2008. “I’d stockpiled up so much stuff and you can kind of have to draw a line under it somewhere,” he said. “By banging something out it, it’s like the end of the chapter. It properly draws a line under it and allows you to move on.”

James also called himself a “serial killer for sounds” and said he buys an obscene amount of music — largely from the U.K.-based online music store Juno. “I collect sounds from other records so I have to know where they come from and how they’re made,” he said. “I bought every old sampler in existence and bought all the sample libraries. Like a serial killer, basically. I’ve gone through all of the sounds and worked out where everyone got all their sounds from.”

‘Syro’ is expected to drop Sept. 23 via Warp Records.

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