Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Instruments Pt2 EP

Mysterious electronic god keeps fans guessing with a trippy EP

Credit: Richard D James

Richard D. James, EDM's deadbeat dad, returned after 13 years of silence last year with the masterful Syro. This surprise EP — along with hours of other music that he appears to be posting to Soundcloud lately — suggests that there's plenty more left on his fabled hard drive. (Maybe there's even a Pt1 somewhere.) Among 13 tracks that plunk down somewhere between John Cage's prepared piano compositions and a Martian breakbeats record, the adroit android thump of "diskhat ALL prepared1mixed 13" and the contemplative "DISKPREPT1" show the maestro finely mincing live drums and instruments into a sweet treat.