Last year, Aphex Twin ended a 13-year hiatus with his surprise comeback LP Syro, and now it appears like the electronic music pioneer is making up for lost time by posting hours of unreleased music on SoundCloud. Given the elusive nature of the producer (real name: Richard D. James), we’ll probably never know for sure, but since a SoundCloud page attributed to “user478363530” was activated three days ago, over 80 unheard songs and counting – tagged #earlyaphex and allegedly from Aphex Twin’s stacked musical vaults – have been posted online.
There is a mountain of evidence that suggests that Aphex Twin authored the tracks: For starters, when James’ official Soundcloud account posted one of the tracks from the just-released Computer Controlled Instruments Pt. 2 EP, “user478363530” wrote a comment on the song saying “I love your early 90’s stuff so much, I was doing stuff in the early 90’s, similar to you but I didn’t know about you when I did it ! Im also 43 years old 🙂 I’m going to be uploading it to soundcloud soon, gotta dust off the old DAT’s & cassettes.” The administrator of the Aphex Twin SoundCloud then replied to “user478363530,” “beautiful stuff, would love to hear more.”
Planet Mu’s Mike Paradinas, a former Aphex collaborator, has stated that he believes the SoundCloud deluge come straight from James, adding he “recognized some tracks from James’ old tape,” Pitchfork writes. Another of the SoundCloud songs, “8 Utopia,” popped up during one of Aphex Twin’s 2010 live performances.
Additionally, the SoundCloud page features an unreleased remix of the title track off Aphex Twin’s 1995 EP Donkey Rhubarb, and the reworking itself is so convincing that, if “user478363530” isn’t Aphex Twin, they’re a talent in their own right.
While “user478363530” continues to flood the Internet with music – so much that they kept blowing past the bandwidth allowances on free SoundCloud accounts before the user upgraded to Unlimited – Reddit and Aphex fanpage We Are the Music Makes are already speculating that “user478363530” is just one of a handful of SoundCloud accounts James might be dropping music on.
This wouldn’t be the first time James surreptitiously released tunes outside of the Aphex Twin moniker: In the past, the reclusive producer has called up numerous alter egos, including Caustic Window, Polygon Window, Bradley Strider and AFX.