Having seemingly been in hiding for years, Richard D. James has become remarkably prolific with an album and 2 e.p’s within the last two 18 months under his Aphex Twin guise. Orphaned Deejay Selex 2006-08 is his first release under the AFX name since the superb Analord series in 2005 and this release picks up where that series left off with a mixture of acid infused tracks that display all the unique hallmarks we’ve come to expect.
Where this record is similar to Syro is in its titles with all 8 tracks being named in a spellcheck bothering way. Opener serge fenix Rendered 2 is a great start to the e.p. A classic AFX acid track, it’s as good as any of the Analord tracks and its follow up dmx acid test carries on in a similar vein. As you’d expect, there’s a strong experimental edge to all the tracks on here but these two have an immediacy the Syro tracks, which while still excellent, didn’t have. All 8 tracks on the e.p. are excellent and your attention doesn’t waiver at all throughout.
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The highlight for me is NEOTEKT72 which is is the longest track on the e.p. at just over 6 minutes. It’s a throwback to earlier AFX and indeed Aphex Twin works and it’s one of those tracks that only Richard D James could produce. Superb.
Orphaned Deejay Selex 2006-08 is a welcome return for AFX. Highly recommended